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Governor Urges Mainers to Give the “Gift of Life”

December 23, 2013

For Immediate Release: Monday, Dec. 23
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – This holiday season, Governor Paul R. LePage is urging Mainers to give the “gift of life” by donating blood. Mainers will have an opportunity to donate on Friday, December 27 as the American Red Cross teams up with FairPoint Communications to hold “FairPoint Bundle Up” blood drives in Bangor and Portland.

FairPoint Communications is encouraging Maine residents to bundle up their family and friends and give blood this holiday week. FairPoint is again partnering with WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2, the American Red Cross and other community partners for a holiday blood drive, scheduled for Friday, December 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at locations in Bangor and Portland. Eligible donors may give blood at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, located at 88 Spring Street in Portland, or the Bangor Elks Lodge at 108 Odlin Road in Bangor.

“A strong, stable community blood supply is a critical public health issue. We must have a safe and available blood supply, both for Maine’s continuing health needs and to draw upon in times of emergency,” said Governor LePage. “One donation can save the lives of up to three people. Consider giving the gift of life and making a difference today.”

All presenting donors will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt and a goodie bag filled with treats. Plus, you can enter to win raffle prizes such as a laptop, tablets, eReaders and digital cameras. The nation's need for blood is constant, and the Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give something meaningful this holiday season by donating blood for hospital patients in need.

“We thank Governor LePage for his call to Mainers, and we encourage everyone to give the gift that really matters,” said Mary Brant, spokesperson for the American Red Cross, Northern New England Region. “Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS (733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome.

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