The American Red Cross, which reports a shortfall of about 25,000 blood donations so far this summer, will hold blood drives in Gorham, Westbrook and Buxton this month.

The drives are scheduled for 1-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at Cressey Road United Methodist Church, 81 Cressey Road, Gorham;  noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Westbrook Community Center; and noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 29 at Buxton Town Hall.

The Red Cross especially needs donors with O negative, O positive, B negative and A negative blood types as well as platelet donors. For those who don’t know their blood type, making a donation is an easy way to find out this important personal health information, the Red Cross of Northern New England said in a press release. The Red Cross will notify new donors of their blood type soon after they give.

Schedule an appointment to give by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-733-2767. Everyone who donates in August will receive a $10 e-gift card to a movie merchant of their choice.

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