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"Day of Remembrance" Blood Drive to be Held in Augusta

 

September 8, 2008

 

Portland, Maine – The American Red Cross, Boston Red Sox, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are joining together to announce the 6th Annual September 11th Day of Remembrance Blood Drives throughout New England.

Maine’s Day of Remembrance Blood Drive will be held at the Augusta Armory, 179 Western Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be a featured event in Maine’s observation of National Preparedness Month. National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security each September to raise public awareness about the importance of preparing for all types of disasters and to encourage Americans to take action. The event will kick off at 11:00 a.m. with the presentation of the State of Maine Proclamation of National Preparedness Month by Maine Emergency Management Agency.

Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-GIVE LIFE or visiting http://www.givelife.org

“The outpouring of compassion and patriotism across America in the days and weeks following September 11th still stands strong in all our minds,” said Susan Parmer, R.N., CEO for the Northern New England Region. “Today, patients throughout Maine and New England are depending on this same level of compassion. Blood donors are needed to keep supplies at adequate levels to meet their needs.”

The Red Cross will present Maine blood donors and guests with a “Fenway Park Experience,” along with a health fair expo featuring local emergency response teams, disaster preparedness, fire safety and more. Everyone who presents to donate blood will also receive a limited edition Red Sox t-shirt and the chance to win a pair of Red Sox tickets.

Blood drives will also be held at Fenway Park, in Boston and across Red Sox Nation. Members of the public are invited to take part in New England’s largest blood drive by coming to donate, volunteering their time or bringing friends and family members to take part in the day’s events.

The American Red Cross has been a primary supplier of lifesaving blood products in the United States for over 50 years. The American Red Cross Blood Services – Northeast Division supplies a wide range of blood components, plasma derivatives, and transfusion services to over 200 hospitals and other medical facilities in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut. It serves the blood needs of over 9 million residents and many thousands more who travel to New England for care at many of the nation’s top medical centers.

Appointments for any American Red Cross blood drive can be made by calling 1-800-GIVE LIFE or visiting http://www.givelife.org

 

Contact:

Ellen Russell
207-775-2367 / 207-939-6727 (cell)

 

Last update: 07/20/10