Billings-based United Blood Services Hosts “14th Annual Honoring Our Fallen Heroes” Blood Drive
The images of Sept. 11, 2001 will be forever seared into the collective mind of Americans who witnessed the four coordinated terrorist attacks on the United States.
One of the most compelling images was people standing in line, sometimes for at least five hours, offering to donate blood. The lines symbolized both help and hope as Americans donated blood to help those who were critically wounded.
It is in that spirit that United Blood Services will host the 14th Annual “Honoring Our Fallen Heroes” blood drive on Friday, Sept. 11 at First Interstate Bank Operations Center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
"We enjoy freedom, because our soldiers fought for our rights," said Staci Biernbaum, senior donor recruitment representative for United Blood Services. "Remember the fallen servicemen and women who have sacrificed all so we may live free by donating blood in their memory."
Friday, Sept. 11, marks the 14th anniversary of the day we will never forget, and always remember in our hearts, Biernbaum added.
One donation can save up to three people’s lives, and all donors will receive a commemorative T-shirt.
The First Interstate Bank Operations Center on Sixth Avenue North, across form Head Start, adjacent to North Park.
You may make your appointment to give blood at www.UnitedBloodServices.org or by calling (406) 248-9168. With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn points in United Blood Services’ Hero in Me rewards program that can be used for free movie tickets, gift cards and T-shirts.
Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 17 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.
For more information, visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org.
United Blood Services has been this area’s non-profit community blood provider since 1943, and serves patients in 47 hospitals in Montana and Wyoming. 500 Donations a week are needed to keep our community’s blood supply at a safe level. The United Blood Services network is one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit blood service organizations, and is a founding member of America’s Blood Centers and the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks).