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Red Cross Seeks Blood Donations on 9/11 Anniversary

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – The American Red Cross is thanking the record number of blood donors who came forward last year following the terrorist attacks of September 11th.

In the days that followed last September's attacks, blood donation centers in the Buffalo area, and indeed across the nation, were jammed. It's something that Red Cross spokeswoman Marianne Humphrey says she'll never forget.

"After 9/11 last year, the response was absolutely unprecedented," Humphrey said. "It was something we couldn't imagine, seeing lines of people outside the blood centers, waiting to donate, hoping to help those who were injured in the attacks. So, it was quite an inspiration to see the generosity and spirit of so many people who waited for hours in line."

After a while though, the number of donors tailed off, so much so that this summer, the Red Cross was once again issuing emergency appeals for blood donations. Humphrey said she's hoping people who gave blood last September will use this week's anniversary as a reason to do so again.

"We are encouraging people to please come out and donate on September 11th or on some other day this week," Humphrey continued. "I think people who are looking to do something positive this week should consider donating blood. It's a life-affirming act. Donating blood just once can save up to three lives."

Humphrey said the Red Cross will distribute votive candles to those who donate blood this week for use at community vigils or for private reflections at home.