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Jersey City Police & Fire 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive

Community blood drive honors those lost and those who helped

JERSEY CITY, NJ, August 15, 2023 — 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 and Suburban Propane will join the Jersey City Department of Public Safety for the ninth annual Jersey City Police and Fire 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive.

“The Sept. 11 attacks were a seminal moment for our nation, as one of the worst days in U.S. history also brought out the very best of the American spirit,” said Rosie Taravella, CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “As we mark the anniversary of that horrific day, we should remember those lost, honor the brave responders and rekindle the spirit of service to help our neighbors in need.”

The community blood drive will take place on Monday, September 11, 2023, from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Palisades 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. To schedule an appointment, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code Jersey City 911 or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

All presenting donors will receive Red Cross first aid kit*, courtesy of Suburban Propane, a proud national sponsor of the American Red Cross.

“Participating in this annual event alongside Jersey City’s first responders and our partners at the American Red Cross is an honor and a privilege,” said Nandini Sankara, Spokesperson at Suburban Propane. “We will never forget those who were lost in the 9/11 attacks, and encouraging others to give the gift of lifesaving blood helps us to honor their memory in an incredibly meaningful way.”

The blood drive is open to the public. Serving as the staging area for many Sept.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 to reflect on the day and to honor those who were involved.

 

How to donate blood

To make an appointment, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. 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 comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.