PORTLAND/BANGOR, ME –Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. That’s why NEWS CENTER Maine was proud to once again join forces with the American Red Cross for a statewide blood drive held this past Wednesday, March 27.
There were five donation sites including Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, The Franco Center in Lewiston, The Public Library in Rockland, O’Brien’s Event Center in Waterville and The Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
The first blood donation was at 8:00 a.m. with the final donation at 6:00 p.m. In all 189 units were collected. With one donation potentially able to help up to 3 lives, donors helped to save 567 lives.
“We asked Mainers to roll up their sleeves to help their neighbors and they did” said Brian Cliffe, President and General Manager of NEWS CENTER Maine | WCSH 6. “It’s a wonderful thing to know that Mainers will give of themselves to help those in need.”
“In an emergency situation it is the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives,” said NEWS CENTER Maine | WLBZ 2 President and General Manager Judy Horan. “Coats for families in winter, money to buy food for those who are hungry and time to donate blood for saving lives-- Mainers are here for each other.”
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