The organization says it is facing an emergency blood shortage following the busy Fourth of July week. Blood currently is being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.
Much of that is because people have been busy on vacations or were among the millions who were traveling for the holiday.
Phinney says Red Cross currently need donors of all blood types.
Red Cross officials hope people will consider taking part in a blood drive in their area or contact the donor center on Hammond Street in Bangor to make an appointment to give the gift of life.