JERSEY CITY, N.J.— Each September, Americans search for ways to commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001 with reverence and service. In that spirit, the American Red Cross, in partnership with the Jersey City Department of Public Safety and Suburban Propane, will hold its fourth annual Jersey City Police and Fire 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive. The drive will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.in the Hudson Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2 Exchange Place, Jersey City, New Jersey. Parking will be validated for all donors at One Parking, located at 10 Exchange Place.
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“As we commemorate the 17th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, it is our hope that the opportunity to give the gift of life will serve to continue the healing process for everyone impacted by this unthinkable tragedy,” said Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “We are so proud to honor the Jersey City Police and Fire Departments once again this year, as they were some of many first responders and unsung heroes that day.”
All presenting donors will receive Red Cross first aid kit, courtesy of Suburban Propane, a proud national sponsor of the American Red Cross Blood Services. Offers and items are non-transferrable and are not redeemable for cash. Items are available while supplies last. Suburban Propane employees will also volunteer at the blood drive as part of one of the largest national volunteer commitments to Red Cross Blood Services from a corporate partner.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood at the Third Annual Jersey City Police and Fire 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code JCPS911 or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Serving as the staging area for many 9/11 first responders and recovery teams, Jersey City provides an ideal location to commemorate this solemn anniversary. The blood drive venue offers amazing views looking over the Hudson River, the New York City skyline and the Freedom Tower, allowing blood donors and event participants to reflect on the day and to honor those who were involved.
“Sept. 11 is a day we will never forget in Jersey City, as our lives and our world changed forever that day,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop. “Just like our first responders and residents came together as a community on 9/11 to provide relief and aid, today we are continuing to stand as a city to offer lifesaving assistance to those who need it most.”
September is National Preparedness Month, and the Red Cross encourages families to develop a game plan to make sure their households are ready for the next emergency or disaster. The Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters in the United States every year, including hurricanes, wildfires, floods and home fires.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent in Pennsylvania and New Jersey), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.