Donate blood in honor of the Boston Marathon anniversary

Red Cross

BOSTON (WWLP) – The anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing is in less than two weeks and the American Red Cross is asking the community to donate blood to help hospitals in need.

According to Donna Morrissey, the Director of Communications at the American Red Cross Blood Services, donating blood with the anniversary approaching is a special way to mark the solemn occasion.

Morrissey said, “The American Red Cross Massachusetts Blood Services Region provided nearly 600 blood products to Boston-area hospitals in response to the Boston Marathon bombings.”

The Red Cross is hosting a “Watertown Strong” blood drive in honor of Officer Dic Donohue. Officer Donohue was wounded in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings and required more than 46 blood products.

The blood drive will take place on Saturday, April 19th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Watertown High School on 50 Columbia Street. The blood drive is co-sponsored by the town of Watertown and Mount Auburn Hospital.

Morrissey said that several area blood drives are being held this April in honor of the courageous individuals whose lives were forever changed by this incident.

You can make an appointment to donate at one of the drives below by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by visiting www.redcrossblood.org.

Below is a list of additional commemorative blood drives that you are cordially invited to:

  • Boston Strong, Friday, April 18, 2014, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Boston Marriott Copley Place, 100 Huntington Avenue, Boston.
  • Boston College Red Cross Club, Tuesday, April 22 to Friday, April 25, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Conte Forum, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill.

As an additional gesture of compassion and support for the bombing victims, 10 canvasses, part of the America 4 Boston Prayer Canvas project, will be set up at blood drives and commemoration events in Boston, for signing by all those wishing to write or paint a message of hope and unity in the colors of red, white and blue.

These canvases will be joined with others from around the country and on April 20, the completed canvases (19,000 sq.ft.) will be presented to the City of Boston, live at Fenway Park, with the Boston Red Sox.

For more information on this project, please visit www.prayercanvasusa.com.

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