LEWISTON – “The tens of thousands of volunteer blood donors across New England who give of themselves to help others are truly our life-saving heroes,” said Eric Lynes, Red Cross Blood Services representative. “Donating blood is truly the most extreme acts of kindness.”

National Volunteer Blood Donor Month is a time to recognize and thank the volunteer blood donors who give their time and their blood to help those in need. It may be a best friend or neighbor who needs blood. Or, it could be a virtual stranger who relies on support to help give them a second chance at life.

Every day, men, women and children are brought to the hospital and diagnosed with severe illnesses and injuries. Their treatment may include the transfusion of blood and blood products. It is due to blood donors that the American Red Cross is able to respond to the ongoing needs of patients throughout New England.

The Lewiston/Auburn area will have four blood drives and sign-ups are requested. Call the American Red Cross at 1-800-482-0743 to sign up for one of the following:

Sunday, Jan. 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Holy Cross Church Hall, Lisbon Street.

Monday, Jan. 12, from 1 to 6 p.m., Multi-Purpose Center, 145 Birch St.

Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mult-Purpose Center, 145 Birch St.

Saturday, Jan. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Schott’s Harley Davidson, 839 Main St.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 17, weighs at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Individuals can donate every 56 days.

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