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Despite storm, Mainers head out to donate blood

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) ---Despite the snow storm, several people around Bangor made the trip into town Thursday morning just to give the gift of life.  

Staff at the Red Cross held a 'Bundle Up Blood Drive' for much of the day on Thursday at their donation center on Odlin Road. People could make an appointment or just drop by to make a donation.

While traffic was slow at times, some people still braved the weather to come out. Many donors said when it comes to giving blood, it's one appointment they wanted to keep.

"There's a lot of disasters going on," said Jean Sherwood of Hermon, "a lot of people that need blood and I think with the bad weather the blood shortage is even worse and I just feel if I can get in here... safely drive and get home...I'll be all set."

The Red Cross says in all they collected over 100 pints at drives in Bangor and Portland on Thursday. If you missed the drive there will be another one coming up at Eastern Maine Medical Center on January 8, 2013.