The annual blood drive organized by the Red Cross was organized this year in order to commemorate the victims from 9/11.
15 years ago hundreds of people lost their lives in the explosion of the 2 towers. This is why this year’s annual blood drive was special. They wanted to give something back to the community.
The event is called “Roll up your sleeve and remember” and is held by the Red Cross. This organization wants to help the people in the U.S and around the world.
With these annual blood donations the Red Cross has provided 40% of the nation’s blood.
It is important for people to come and donate blood, they help others and themselves.
The 9/11 events changed the perspective of many people and they started to get more involved by helping others.
This year the blood drive took place in four states: Holden, Augusta, Auburn and Portland.
“So if another state is a little low in blood we’ll try to help them out and vice versa, our goal is just whatever state needs blood they get blood” said Red Cross account manager Eddie Scott
There are people in need of blood every day and this kind of events helps them. You can donate blood to help people suffering from chronic disease, those who need surgery, or in a large scale emergency.
You don’t need to have a specific type of blood because all types of blood are needed.
“Fifteen years ago, 9/11 was just another day until it wasn’t and the blood that we used that day was already there, so we like to have that in stock before its needed,” Eaton said. “It’s a great way to give back and remember and to feel good to save lives.”
This year the Red Cross teamed up with the nonprofit organization 9/11 Day in order to make more people give blood.
Jay S. Winuk is the founder of the nonprofit organization. He thinks that Red Cross involvement in the 9/11 Day made a big difference in honoring the victims.
“The growth of this observance from a grassroots initiative into the nation’s largest day of charitable engagement speaks directly to the true compassionate nature of millions of Americans and our shared desire to focus on our common humanity,” Winuk said in the release.
What do think about the blood drive? Did you donate blood ?