Bangor Blood Donor Center Offers Valentine’s Day Thanks

Catherine Pegram

The American Red Cross is hoping folks will share the love this Valentine’s Day by donating blood. The Bangor Blood Donation Center on Hammond Street has even found a heartfelt way to thank those who rolled up their sleeves. Everyone was given a rose, courtesy of Chapel Hill Floral.It’s part of the Valentine’s Day tradition. We’re told holidays and winter weather can drive donations down. Organizers of the event hope a little something extra can turn that around.Christine Bessey, with the American Red Cross, says, “We are in lots of need for blood donations. We are currently down a lot. About 1200 units. So this blood drive today and everyday underscores the need for blood.”The donor center closes at 6 p.m. Thursday night. If you don’t have a chance to stop by, you can make an appointment to donate by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. You can also visit www.redcrossblood.org.