PORTLAND — The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time with loved ones.

Upcoming local blood donation opportunities include:

Androscoggin County

Auburn: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, Flagship Cinemas, 730 Center St.

Lewiston: 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, Bates Mill Building 3, 32 Chestnut St.; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, Mechanics Savings, 664 Main St.

Mechanic Falls: 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, Mechanic Falls Town Hall, 108 Lewiston St.

Poland: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, Poland Town Hall, 1223 Maine St., Route 26.

Cumberland County

Brunswick: 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, Brunswick Hotel and Tavern, 4 Noble St.

Gray: 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, Gray-New Gloucester High School, 10 Libby Hill Road.

Harrison: 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, United Parish Congregational Church of Harrison and North Bridgton, 77 Main St.

Raymond: 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, Public Safety Building, 1443 Roosevelt Trail.

Franklin County

Farmington: noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, University of Maine at Farmington, 246 Main St., North Dining Hall; noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, University of Maine, 246 Main St., North Dining Hall.

Oxford County

Oxford: 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, Hosanna Church, 109 Schoolhouse Road.

Porter: 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, Riverside United Methodist Church, 5 School St.

Rumford: noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, Aubuchon Hardware, 65 Falmouth St.

Sagadahoc County

Topsham: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, Mid Coast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St.; 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, ARC Mid Coast Chapter, 16 Community Way.

FMI, donation appointment: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), redcross.org, cruzrojaamericana.org.

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