Blood drives scheduled

Staff report

The American Red Cross is encouraging blood donors to support 9/11 Day, which honors those who lost their lives and the heroes who responded following the tragic events of Sept.11, 2001.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. 9/11 Day was launched in 2002 as an annual day of service to honor the victims and heroes of Sept. 11. Since then, the observance has evolved into the largest annual day of charitable engagement in the U.S. and was designated as a National Day of Service and Remembrance by the U.S. Congress in 2009.

Jay Winuk, 9/11 Day co-founder, said, “The growth of this observance from a grassroots initiative into the nation’s largest day of charitable engagement speaks directly to the true compassionate nature of millions of Americans and our shared desire to focus on our common humanity,” said Jay S. Winuk. “We’re confident that blood donors, volunteers, and organizations from coast-to-coast will answer this call for help while honoring the heroes of 9/11.”

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 Fulton County locations:

Swanton, Sept. 12, noon-6 p.m., Swanton Alliance Church Epic Center, 124 N. Main St.; Archbold, Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Ruihley Park Pavilion, 320 W. Holland St.; Wauseon, Sept. 15, noon-6 p.m., St. Caspar Catholic Church, 1205 N. Shoop Ave.

Staff report