The American Red Cross announced today there is an urgent need for blood donors throughout the northern New England region.

“There is a critical need for blood donors now,” said Donna M. Morrisey, spokeswoman for the Northeast Division of the Red Cross. “This summer we have had a particularly difficult time recruiting enough blood donors to meet the requirements of our community’s hospitals and the patients they serve.”

The New England region needs to collect about 500 units of blood a day to meet patient needs in over 80 hospitals.

Several blood drives are scheduled to be held in Maine this month, including drives in Augusta, Kittery, Biddeford, York Beach, Sanford, Brunswick, Rockland, Kennebunk, South Berwick, Portland and Topsham.

For more information, contact 1-800-733-2767 or visit the Red Cross website at redcrossblood.org.