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Blood Donation Saves Lives

The American Red Cross has an ongoing critical need for blood donations, especially during the pandemic. Blood products are perishable, and the only source of life-saving blood is volunteer blood donors. MaineHealth greatly appreciates the generosity of the public to help stock hospital shelves for patients in need. Working together, we will get through this.

To make an appointment, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit

“It is important, not only to our caregivers and patients, but to our entire region, that we not let our supplies of donated blood fall to critical levels. This is a significant priority that deserves our attention and the attention of everyone in the community who is able to donate blood. Together, we’ll get through this pandemic.” - Dora Mills, MD, Chief Health Improvement Officer

Is it safe to donate blood during the pandemic?

Yes, blood donation centers have implemented COVID-19 safety measures to protect donors and staff. And the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration have also issued statements encouraging blood donation.

One of the most important things people can do to ensure we don’t have another health care crisis on top of the coronavirus is to give blood. That’s why we are urging healthy, eligible individuals to schedule a blood or platelet donation appointment at today.

Red Cross Blood Donor App

Download the free Red Cross Blood Donor app to easily schedule appointments, access your donor card and RapidPass®, track donations, get rewards and more. Text BLOODAPP to 90999 to get the app that helps save lives.

Contact Us

For more information, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit