Camden National Bank will host an American Red Cross blood drive Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Belfast Main Street branch, located at 156 Main St. Jeannie Hurd, assistant manager of the Belfast Main Street branch, is organizing the blood drive on behalf of Camden National Bank. Hurd has a personal connection to the cause.

“When my son was 7 months old he was diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome and would have died without a blood transfusion,” said Hurd. She urged everyone to consider giving. “Your donation can help children like my son, and the many others who rely on the generosity of blood donors.”

Winter is a time when blood donations can drop to dangerously low levels. Right now, Red Cross supplies in the area are at emergency levels for O and B blood types. With 39 hospitals in Maine, the Red Cross needs to collect 300 pints per day throughout the state to maintain supplies. While 80 percent of all people will need blood at some point in their lives, just 5 percent of the population donates.

During February, the Red Cross is running the “Warm Your Heart, Warm Your Home” campaign. Each week during the month, one winner will receive $250 for home heating fuel. All blood donors may enter the drawing.

To donate blood, volunteers must be in generally good health. They must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. Participants are required to bring a photo ID. Donors may safely give whole blood every 56 days. Those who wish to schedule a donation time in advance may contact Hurd at 338-4650 or