PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 9, 2019) — Portland Fire & Rescue and the American Red Cross are joining together for the sixth consecutive year for a Sept. 11 Memorial Blood Drive to honor those lost during the 2001 terrorist attacks. The annual Portland Fire & Rescue blood drive will be held Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Station 1, 55 SW Ash St. Those who come to donate can enjoy an on-site cookout and get a $10 gift card via email, while supplies last, courtesy of Suburban Propane through a Red Cross sponsorship.
The blood drive is open to the public and members of the community are encouraged to roll up a sleeve to join Portland Fire and Rescue in doing good in honor of the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives Sept. 11, a day that has deep significance for first responders.
“For the past six years. Portland Fire & Rescue has hosted a Sept. 11 blood drive because we wanted to offer an avenue of action for those marking this day that has deep significance for first responders, said Sara Boone, Portland Fire & Rescue Fire Chief. “On Sept. 11, 2001, our nation’s resilience was tested. One way to honor the selfless acts of police, fire, and countless community members is to join together to strengthen our emergency resources. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and one donation can potentially save up to three lives. Please join us at Station 1 on Sept. 11th to roll up your sleeve to donate if you are able.”
Donors of all blood types - especially O negative are needed. The Red Cross encourages donors to schedule their appointments in advance, but walk-ins also are welcome.
“We appreciate Portland Fire & Rescue responding to the call to help patients in need year after year,” said Amie Rawson, Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region Donor Recruitment director. “The annual Sept. 11 Memorial Blood Drive offers a way for area residents to support these local heroes and help save a life by giving blood.”
To donate at the 2019 Sept. 11 Portland Fire and Rescue Blood Drive, simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) sponsor code PortlandFire.
How to donate blood
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 where allowed by state law), 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 have to 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.