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 25.
There were five donation sites including Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Ramada Inn in Lewiston, Rockland Congregational Church in Rockland, O’Brien’s Event Center in Waterville and Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.
The first blood donation was at 8:00 a.m. with the final donation at 6:00 p.m. In all, 153 units were collected. A single donation can possibly help save up to 3 lives, so Wednesday’s donors could potentially help save 459 lives.
“It’s really important for people to think about it (donating blood) before they know someone who needs blood, because the need is so high,” said Beth Corbeau. Beth is the mother of 3 and ½ year-old Jackson Corbeau, a recipient of several blood transfusions.
Blood is critical, especially during this pandemic, and Mainers came out to donate, demonstrating once again that Mainers help Mainers.
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