BRUNSWICK — The American Red Cross is asking Mainers to donate blood.

The organization says a decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel.

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, according to the Red Cross.

Blood donation appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733- 2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Brunswick: Nov. 17, 29 p.m., Brunswick Hotel and Tavern, 4 Noble St.

Bath: Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St.; Nov. 22, noon to 5 p.m., YMCA, 303 Centre St.

Topsham: Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mid Coast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St.; Nov. 20, 1-6 p.m., ARC Mid Coast Chapter, 16 Community Way.

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