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Castine
Originally published in Castine Patriot, July 5, 2018
Young summer resident finds ‘way to help our community’

Maggie Musgrove, organizer

Sixteen-year-old summer resident Maggie Musgrove has organized a blood drive on Friday, July 13, 12-5 p.m. at Emerson Hall.

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by Anne Berleant

Sixteen-year-old Maggie Musgrove has spent every summer in Castine since she was born, traveling from her home town in Houston with her family. An instructor at the Castine Yacht Club, this year she decided to do something beyond sailing. A summer blood drive organized by Musgrove will take place downstairs at Emerson Hall on Friday, July 13, from 12 to 5 p.m.

“A blood drive is a great way to help the community and area,” she said.

As a minor, she had to enlist her mother, Anne Gorman, to help. “[The Red Cross officials] were a little wary because I was a minor,” she said.

But first she had to explain herself, geographically speaking.

“They asked me why I was looking for a Castine location when I was calling from Houston,” she said.

Musgrove chose Emerson Hall rather than Maine Maritime Academy, where her mother suggested and where student-run blood drives occur during the school year.

“Emerson Hall is such a central location. It’s an easier place to find,” she said.

She picked July 13 because she thought a Friday would capture weekend visitors, and, with the town-wide Bastille Day celebration the next day, there might be more of a crowd in town, she said.

A Red Cross representative has already site-checked Emerson Hall, and a mobile blood drive unit will be on hand with trained medical personnel and supplies.

It will also be Musgrove’s first time donating blood, she said. As a minor, she needs a parent signature, as is required for donors under 17 years old.

Anyone wishing to donate can walk in or register online (and avoid a wait) at redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive. A parental consent form and information for 16-year-olds is available at redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/info-for-student-donors.html or at the time of donation.

“It’s a great way to get people involved and help out in a good way,” Musgrove said.

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, July 13, 12-5 p.m.
Emerson Hall
Info: 832-525-2979 or 832-607-2316