GORHAM — Gorham High School is partnering with the American Red Cross to hold its annual blood drive on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

Emma Stephenson and Madison Rivard, seniors at Gorham High School, are working together to organize a blood drive as part of their capstone project. They are both planning to pursue a career in the medical field.

The American Red Cross plays a critical role in our nation’s health-care system. It is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing approximately 40 percent of the blood supply and distributing it to about 2,000 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. The Red Cross also plays a leading role in protecting the safety of donors and patients and increasing the availability of blood.

If you would like to donate or volunteer for the event, contact Christine Lemoine, capstone advisor, at christine.lemoine@sau20.org.

General guidelines for blood donation:

• Be in good general health and feeling well.

• Be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent).

• Weigh at least 110 pounds.

• Have not donated blood in the last 56 days.

• The whole process takes around an hour, the actual donation just 8-10 minutes.

• Drink plenty of water so you are hydrated.

• Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.

• Have a healthy meal before you donate.

• If you are taking any medication, bring a list of those with you.

High school donors must provide identification and proof of age to ensure they meet the minimum age requirements for donation. Donors must provide one form of primary ID.

Gorham High School is very excited to host this blood drive. Emma and Madison hope that you can spare a small amount of time to give back to your community and donate to those in need, especially with all the tragedies that the United States is facing at this time.

To sign up online to make a donation, go to redcrossblood.org. Enter your zip code and then go into the Gorham High School blood drive to signup. If you prefer, you may email christine.lemoine@sau20.org and she will assist you.

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