A blood drive, “Distance Saves Lives,” is planned for next Wednesday, April 1st at the Portland Elks Lodge, 1945 Congress Street from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The blood drive will run for the next ten Wednesdays. It is supported by local CEOs who have partnered with MaineHealth and the American Red Cross to create this event for healthy people.
In recent weeks, the focus has been on the coronavirus as it should be. But that does not eliminate the ongoing need for blood of all types in the community. In fact, according to Maria Devin, CEO of the American Red Cross of the Northern New England Region, as of today more than 9,000 blood donations have been cancelled. “The need for blood is consistent and the American Red Cross is grateful to the Maine businesses leaders for working with us on this unique endeavor.”
Those wishing to give blood will need to do so by appointment so that interactions can be spaced out and participants can maintain the appropriate distance from one another as recommended by the CDC. Other precautions, including temperature checks and the use of protective gear by those taking blood, will also be employed. To make an appointment, call 1-800-Red-Cross (800-733-2767) or go to www.redcrossblood.org
A partial list of companies supporting this drive include: WEX, Bowdoin College, Dead River Co., Geiger, L. L. Bean, Hannaford Brothers Co., Maine Beer Co., MEMIC, UNUM.