This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Each year many Americans observe the anniversary of 9/11 by donating blood with the American Red Cross. Eligible donors are encouraged to roll up a sleeve and honor all those who serve and sacrifice for our country at the 15th annual Palace of Auburn Hills Blood Drive, Thursday, Sept. 8 from 7 a.m. to 6:45 p.m at the Marriott Auburn Hills Pontiac, 3600 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac.
“The long-standing partnership between Palace Sports & Entertainment, Marriott and the Red Cross is very important in our community,” said Crystal Isaac, account manager with the Red Cross. “This annual drive provides a tremendous opportunity for blood donors to give back and remember those who give every day to keep us safe.”
Everyone who comes to donate blood at this year’s Palace of Auburn Hills Blood Drive will receive one Detroit Pistons pre-season ticket (while supplies last) and will also be entered in a raffle to win a voucher for Detroit Pistons regular season tickets, sports memorabilia and a free night stay with breakfast included at the Marriott Auburn Hills Pontiac. 100.3FM WNIC and other iHeart Media radio stations will be broadcasting live throughout the event and will have giveaways for donors. (Offers and items are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.)
9/11 Day was launched in 2002 as an annual day of service to honor the victims and heroes of Sept. 11. Since then, the observance has evolved into the largest annual day of charitable engagement in the U.S. and was designated as a National Day of Service and Remembrance by the U.S. Congress in 2009.
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, so regular donations are needed. Blood and platelet donors of all types are urged to give.
15th Annual Palace of Auburn Hills Blood Drive
Thursday, Sept. 8
7 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Marriott Auburn Hills Pontiac
3600 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac
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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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.
About 9/11 Day
9/11 Day is the largest annual day of charitable engagement in the United States. Each year tens of millions of Americans and countless others throughout the world observe September 11 by performing good deeds that help others. The goal of 9/11 Day is to keep alive the spirit of unity and compassion that arose in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, providing a positive, helpful way for people to annually remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, and honor those that rose up in service in response to the attacks. The organizers of 9/11 Day encourage everyone to observe 9/11 this year by putting aside their differences, if any, joining together to help those most in need, and working more closely to make our world better and more peaceful. 911day.org