Businesses, organizations encouraged to participate in Staten Island’s 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Borough President James Molinaro is once again planning his annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive and is also encouraging Staten Island businesses and community organizations to host blood drives of their own between September 1 and 11.

The goal is to collect 275 pints of blood, one for each Islander lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and one more who died in the 1993 bombing of the Twin Towers.

A record 563 pints of blood were collected during last year’s event; the hope is that this year’s donations will break 600 pints.

“Borough President Molinaro continues to champion for the needs of our community,” said New York Blood Center Vice President Rob Purvis. “His blood drives become more successful each year as he welcomes employees from his office and residents from across the borough to roll up their sleeves and give the gift of life.”

“I host five regular blood drives throughout the year for New York Blood Center and they are always successful,” Molinaro said. “But the 9/11 Memorial drive is the most important to me, and judging from the turnout we receive, the one that encourages the most donations from Staten Islanders. I would love to see more businesses and Staten Island organizations sign on to participate in the drive, so that we can further help New York Blood Center meet our area’s blood needs.”

Anyone interested in hosting a blood drive as part of the 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive Campaign is asked to call Miranda McAuliffe, account manager, at 646-772-2465.

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