Free Fair Tickets For Blood Donors 

The folks at the Maine Blood Center in Bangor are once again holding their Bangor State Fair Wristband Blood Drive. Anyone donating blood on thursdays in July, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, at the Maine Donor Center on Union Street, will receive a ticket for free admission and rides at the fair.The rules for those wishing to donate are also a little different this year. In the past a donor had to be 17-years-old, but now 16-year-olds can donate with parental consent.One other change, if you recently got a tatoo at an establishment licensed in the state of Maine, you can donate blood immediately. In the past people were required to wait one year.Heather Babcock, a donor recruiter at the Maine Blood Center, says she’s hoping for a big donor turnout. She’s urging those who would like to take part in this years event in July to call and make an appointment. The number to call is 207-262-8797.This years blood drive is in honor of Maggie Rudnicki, a 10-month old girl from Levant. Maggie suffers from a rare blood disorder called diamond blackfan anemia. It reqiuires her to undergo blood transfusions every 2-3 months.