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Missing letters bring attention to need for blood donations

Courier Publications joins nationwide effort to inspire thousands of additional blood donations during American Red Cross Missing Types campaign
Jun 13, 2019

Courier Publications is proud to partner with the American Red Cross for the Missing Types campaign to increase blood donations and encourage individuals to give blood this summer.

This week we join the Red Cross and other companies, organizations, brands and individuals to remove the letters A, B and O from our mastheads — the letters that make up the main blood groups. When those letters disappear, you notice. And when A, B, O and AB blood types are missing from hospital shelves, patient care may be impacted.

Learning only three of every 100 people donate blood motivated us to partner with the Red Cross on the Missing Types campaign. We hope to inspire more people to make an appointment and donate within the next few weeks.

Summer is one of the most challenging times of year for the Red Cross to collect blood and platelet donations, with schools that host blood drives on break and many people away on vacations or engaged in other seasonal activities.

Yet patients don’t get a vacation from needing lifesaving blood during the summer months. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and it can only come from volunteer donors.

Blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

How to give

New and current donors can do their important part to help fill in the missing types and ensure blood is available for patients in need. Visit, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment.

Local Blood Drives:

Owls Head

Friday, June 14: noon - 5 p.m., Owls Head Community Building, 224 Ash Point Drive


Tuesday, June 18: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Camden National Bank, Rockport, 245 Commercial St.


Saturday, June 22: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tarratine Hall, 153 Main St.


Thursday, June 27: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Rockland, 335 Limerock St.


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Comments (1)
Posted by: Seth Thayer | Jun 18, 2019 10:00

One would get a lot more blood donations if the ban on gay men giving blood was lifted.

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