Opinion

Severe blood shortage

To the editor:

As uncertain as the past year has been, one constant has been the need for lifesaving blood. Many people rely on the generosity of volunteer donors to help receive the blood and platelet transfusions they rely on. However, our supply is at a critical level right now.

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise. This demand is a result of patients who previously deferred their care during the pandemic.

The Red Cross is working around the clock to meet the extraordinary blood needs but we cannot do it alone. We need the help of the northern Maine community. Together, we can make a difference by making an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). If you cannot donate blood please consider being a Red Cross volunteer. We need all the help we can get.

These are upcoming blood drives in Aroostook County. Please call for more information.

Tuesday, Aug. 17, Presque Isle, Sargent Family Community Center, 22 Chapman Rd., 12-6 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 18, Fort Kent, Knights of Columbus, 372 Frenchville Rd. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 19, Caribou, Caribou Inn and Convention Center, 19 Main St., 12-6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 20, Houlton, Shiretown Inn & Suites, 282 North St, 12-5 p.m.

Terry Greenier
Fort Fairfield
Board Member
Northern Maine Blood Services Region
American Red Cross

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