The Red Cross needs volunteers to donate blood after many scheduled drives get cancelled due to bad weather.

The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood donors to give now to help overcome a severe winter blood shortage. Right now blood is going to hospitals as fast as it comes in. You can help patients in need by donating on Tuesday at The A.R. Gould Division of TAMC located at 140 Academy Street in Presque Isle from noon to 5:00 p.m. All presenting donors will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email as well as a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. For an appointment call 1-800-Red Cross or go to redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome!

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-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.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.