The American Red Cross, WROC News 8 and 92.5 WBEE radio are teaming up in support of 9/11 Day by offering the Greater Rochester community an opportunity to honor those who lost their lives and the heroes who responded following the tragic events of Sept.11. Donating blood or platelets with the Red Cross is one way to participate in 9/11 Day and help ensure blood is available for patients in need. In observance of 9/11 Day, WROC News 8 and 92.5 WBEE radio are sponsoring six Red Cross blood drives being held from September 3 through September 11 in Monroe and Ontario counties.
Those who would like to observe 9/11 Day by donating blood or platelets are encouraged to make an appointment to give at one of the following locations:
- Wednesday, September 7, 12-7 p.m., Doubletree Hotel, 1111 Jefferson Road, Henrietta
- Friday, September 9, 12-6 p.m., Southeast YMCA, 111 East Jefferson Road, Pittsford
- Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Helen’s Parish, 310 Hinchey Rd., Gates
- Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m.-3.m., Victor Chamber of Commerce, 37 East Main Street, Victor
- Sunday, September 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Baitun Nassar Mosque, 1609 East Main Street, Rochester
- Sunday, September 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the September11 terrorist attacks. Each year tens of millions of Americans and people around the world observe the anniversary of 9/11 by performing good deeds that help people and communities in need.
“Donating blood is such a simple yet powerful way for people who want to make a difference to actually save lives,” said WBEE Vice President and General Manager Susan Mann. “The staff of 92.5 WBEE radio are proud to team up with WROC News 8 and the American Red Cross to promote the 9/11 National Day of Service.”
“There is no better way to honor those who we lost 15 years ago than with the gift of life through a blood donation,” noted WROC-TV Vice President and General Manager Louis A. Gattozzi. “WROC-TV is proud to partner with the American Red Cross to mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and honor our fellow Americans who perished on that day.”
“The goal of 9/11 Day is to keep the spirit of unity and compassion that arose in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks alive,” said American Red Cross New York-Penn Region District Manager Debra Dunn. “The Red Cross is providing a positive, helpful way for people to remember and pay tribute to 9/11 victims and the heroes who responded to the day’s horrific events. We thank WROC News 8 and 92.5 WBEE radio for supporting this effort.”
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.
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.