BANGOR – The Red Cross is holding blood drives around the state to help feed a critical need for blood products.
It received 61,000 fewer units of donated blood between May and June, prompting an emergency call for donations.
One of the drives was held at the Cross Insurance Center Thursday.
The Red Cross said it has been struggling to keep up with the demand for blood because many donors are on vacation and schools are out for the summer and not holding blood drives.
Sherri Phinney, Red Cross, said “So it’s a double whammy for us. It’s a critical time, we’re in an appeal. I can not tell you enough to please, come donate, save a life. It could be your neighbors, your family. It could be yours. It’s so personal and so important.”
The Red Cross is seeking donors of blood and platelets of all blood types.
Another blood drive will be held at Hampden Academy Friday in honor of Sienna Probert, 16, who has been battling cancer.
She said she has a strong desire to replenish the supply she used for cancer treatments so others can also be treated. It will take place from 1:00 until 6:00.
To find a blood drive near you, simply visit redcross.org.