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Governor and First Lady LePage Encourage Mainers to Donate Blood

July 5, 2012

For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 5, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul LePage and First Lady Ann LePage are calling on Mainers to get out and help the American Red Cross replenish their blood supply.

According to the Red Cross, it received 50,000 fewer donations than they expected for June, putting their blood supply at emergency levels. Among the most needed blood types are O positive, O negative, B negative, and A negative.

“I encourage everyone to consider donating blood. The Red Cross is always available when the need arises and we should do our share to support their work” said the First Lady.

Over the next two weeks, the Northern New England Region of the Red Cross is looking to collect 8,300 units to replenish their stock. To reach its goal, the Red Cross is adding emergency blood drives and extending blood drive hours and scheduled drives.

In addition, the Red Cross is reaching out to eligible blood donors, blood drive sponsors and community leaders to ask them to recruit blood donors to help meet the needs of patients in communities across the United States. To give blood donors additional opportunities to donate, the Red Cross Donor Centers in Portland and Bangor have extended hours, starting June 26, and will have a special opening on Monday, July 2, from 11 am to 7 pm. Additionally, the hours have been increased at many Maine blood drives through July 10. Eligible donors are asked to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive and to make appointments.

As a special thank you for helping to turn the tide against a potential shortage, all presenting donors in July will receive a coupon for a free carton of Friendly’s Ice Cream, redeemable at any participating Friendly’s restaurant (note that sales tax may apply in some areas).

“Restoring the Red Cross’ blood supply is crucial for all our well-being. It is a great way to get out and help your fellow Mainers,” said Governor LePage.

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