Office of Borough President James P. Molinaro
Staten Island, New York
9/11 Memorial Blood Donor Drive surpasses goal
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Borough President James P. Molinaro today thanked the 322 Staten Islanders who gave “the gift of life” at his annual September 11th blood donor drive, far exceeding the goal of 275 pints—one for each Staten Island victim of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.
“I’m very proud that on the sixth anniversary of 9/11, Staten Islanders came out in great numbers to give the gift of life as a way of paying tribute to our lost loved ones,” Molinaro said.
For the fifth year in a row, Molinaro held a five-day blood drive last week across the Borough to honor the memory of the Staten Islanders killed on 9/11. The goal was to collect 275 pints—one for each victim, including Stephen Knapp, who was killed in the 1993 bombing of the Twin Towers.
“Staten Islanders have always come together and given generously of themselves, particularly in time of need, and these 322 pints should go a long way in helping to alleviate the current blood shortage,” Molinaro said. “I appeal to all Staten Islanders to roll up your sleeves and give the gift of life. The life you save may be that of a neighbor, a friend, a family member, or your own,” Molinaro concluded.
Brooklyn/Staten Island Blood Services operates a donation site at 2791 Richmond Avenue in New Springville that is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-933-BLOOD, or go to www.nybloodcenter.org.
September 15, 2007