October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this October, the American RedCross is encouraging anyone eligible to donate, do so. Blood Donations play a crucial part in fighting breast and many other cancers. Any donor who makes a blood or platelet donation between October 15th and November 11th will receive a $5 Amazon.com e-gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane. These e-gift cards are a simple way to show donors just how much they are appreciated.

To ensure all volunteers and donors' safety, the Red Cross is asking that you pre-register for your appointments vs. walk-ins. The pre-scheduled appointments will help manage the number of donors at one time as well as keeping them socially distant. Both staff members and donors will be required to wear face coverings or masks and have their temperatures checked before entering.

To pre-register for this event, you can do so by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, visit RedCrossBlood.org, or thru the Red Cross Donor App. Text "BLOODAPP" to 90999 to download the free app. Donating blood takes on average 1 hour of your day but could potentially give someone in need another shot at life.


 

Upcoming Blood Drives by County

Androscoggin
Greene
10/31/2020: 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. @ Greene Fire Department
Lewiston
10/26/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Livermore Falls
10/17/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ Livermore Falls Fire Department
Sabattus
10/27/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ Town Hall

Cumberland
Bridgton
10/22/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. @ Masonic Hall
Brunswick
10/28/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. @ Brunswick Park & Rec
10/28/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. @ Morong Brunswick
10/29/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. @ American Legion Post 20
Falmouth
10/23/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ The Episcopal Church of St. Mary
10/29/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.@ The Episcopal Church of St. Mary
Gorham
10/27/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. @ Brooks Student Center
10/28/2020: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ Gorham Savings Bank
New Gloucester
10/21/2020: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. @ The Commons
Portland
10/15/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. @ Holiday Inn by the Bay
10/21/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ Clarion Hotel
10/22/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. @ Portland Elks Lodge
10/28/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ Clarion Hotel
10/29/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. @ Portland Elks Lodge
10/30/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. @ Deering Memorial VFW 6859 Portland
South Portland
10/20/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. @ Eastpoint Christian Church
10/20/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ Portland Sheraton at Sable Oaks
Westbrook
10/23/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. @ Westbrook Community Center
Windham
10/21/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. @ North Windham Veterans Center
Yarmouth
10/16/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. @ American Legion Post 91
10/23/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. @ American Legion Post 91
10/26/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. @ Yarmouth AmVets
10/30/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. @ First Parish Congregational Church
10/30/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. @ American Legion Post 91
10/31/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ Reform Physical Therapy

Franklin
Farmington
10/16/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Farmington Parks and Recreation, 127 Middle Street

Kennebec
Augusta
10/19/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. @ Augusta Civic Center 
10/29/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ American Legion
Gardiner
10/17/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ Knights of Columbus
Monmouth
10/15/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. @ Monmouth Fire Department
South China
10/21/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. @ Central Church
Waterville
10/30/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. @ YMCA of Greater Waterville
Winslow
10/15/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. @ Winslow VFW

Oxford
Norway
10/26/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ Stephens Memorial Hospital

Sagadahoc
Bath
10/20/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. @ YMCA
Bowdoin
10/27/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. @ FHC Inc.
Topsham
10/19/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. @ ARC Mid Coast Chapter

York
Alfred
10/29/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. @ Masonic Hall
Berwick
10/31/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ United Methodist Church
Biddeford
10/22/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. @ New Life Church
Cornish
10/26/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. @ Bay Haven Lobster Pound 
Hollis Center
10/24/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ Hollis Center Church
Kennebunk
10/20/2020: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. @ Saint Marthas Church
Kennebunkport
10/27/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. @ American Legion
Kittery
10/15/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. @ Kittery Lions Club
Sanford
10/26/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. @ North Parish Church
South Berwick
10/28/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. @ Spring Hill


 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people think that most blood drives were either canceled or those donating blood didn't feel safe enough to donate. I'm here to reassure you that making a blood donation during this pandemic is just as safe, if not safer, then donating blood pre-pandemic. If you are a healthy candidate to donate blood, it's totally safe, and you'll be helping those in need.


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