The American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region is partnering once again with the Jersey City Police and Fire Departments to host the second annual Jersey City Police and Fire 9/11 Memorial blood drive on Monday, September 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in honor of those who lost their lives in the 2001 terrorist attacks. The blood drive venue will be located in the Palisades and Liberty Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Jersey City. Parking will be validated for all donors at One Parking located at 10 Exchange Place, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302. This drive is part of a nationwide agreement the Red Cross has with 9/11 Day, which is the largest charitable initiative in the United States.
“As we commemorate the 15th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11, 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 Guy Triano, donor recruitment director, Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. “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.”
Friends and family members of those lost on Sept. 11 are invited to partake in this special event to provide a positive way to mark the occasion while giving back to the community. Red Cross volunteers will also be attending the event to help spread the word about the importance of community preparedness. All presenting donors will receive a deluxe personal safety emergency pack, courtesy of Suburban Propane.
“We would like to sincerely thank Suburban Propane for their continued support of the Red Cross as well as the Hyatt Regency Hotel for generously donating the space to make this event possible,” said Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Whether it is a hurricane or a heart attack; a call for blood or a call for help, the Red Cross is there to help, but we couldn’t fulfill our vital mission every day without the support of our generous partners.”
Jersey City was the first point of refuge for hundreds of people who evacuated the World Trade Center and lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001, with Jersey City playing a critical role in the response and recovery efforts. EMS and medical personnel from the Jersey City Medical Center and Christ Hospital treated the walking wounded and other victims who were ferried across the Hudson River. That day and in the days following, hundreds of Jersey City residents and office workers set up refuge and volunteer stations at Exchange Place and in Liberty State Park to load first aid products and other supplies onto ferries headed to Ground Zero.
“September 11th is a day we will never forget in Jersey City, as our lives and our world changed forever that day,” said 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 life saving assistance to those who need it most.”
The Red Cross and 9/11 Day have partnered to encourage people across the country to give blood or host a blood drive as their way to remember and pay tribute to the Sept. 11 victims and those who rose in service in response to the attacks. Sept. 11 is the nation’s largest annual day of charitable engagement. Each year, tens of millions of people observe Sept. 11 by performing good deeds to help others.
9/11 Day, created in 2002 to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11, has grown to become the nation’s largest annual day of charitable engagement. Jay Winuk, one of the co-founders of 9/11 Day, lost his brother Glenn in the 9/11 attacks. Glenn, an attorney who worked in downtown Manhattan, served for almost 20 years as a volunteer firefighter and EMT, specially trained in rescue operations in collapsed buildings. After helping evacuate the Holland & Knight law offices where he worked, Glenn raced to the South Tower to help with rescue efforts. Glenn was lost in the line of duty when the tower collapsed. His remains were found six months later with a first-response medical kit by his side.
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. As the nation’s single largest supplier of blood products, the Red Cross relies on 14,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of hospital patients in about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Volunteer blood donors of all blood types are currently needed. To make an appointment, download the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Blood Drive Information
Jersey City Police and Fire 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive
Palisades/Liberty rooms at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
2 Exchange Place | Jersey City, NJ
Monday, Sept.12 | 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Sponsor Key word: JC911
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.