As influenza activity picks up, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed this fall after Hurricanes Michael and Florence forced the cancellation of about 200 blood drives, causing approximately 7,000 units of blood and platelets to go uncollected.

Upcoming local blood donation opportunities

• Brunswick: Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Southern Maine Comm College Brunswick, 12 Sewall St. – BLDG 512, Orion Hall.

• Freeport: Nov. 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mid Coast FCU, 186 Lower Main St.

• Richmond: Nov. 6, 1:30-6:30 p.m., Richmond American Legion, 10 Carding Machine Road.

• Woolwich: Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Days Ferry Congregational Church, 50 Old Stage Road.

Donate by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or call ing1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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