Show you’re “Boston Strong” by donating blood

BOSTON (WWLP) – In the midst of the tragedy of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, we also saw the best of people, as strangers offered to help victims in any way they could. In that spirit, you can give the gift of life, and become a hero yourself by donating blood.

Blood donations were crucial to saving hundreds of victims’ lives at the Marathon last year.

The American Red Cross in Massachusetts provided nearly 600 units of blood to Boston-area hospitals following the bomb attacks.

Because of donors, MBTA police officer Dic Donohue, who was wounded chasing the Tsarnaev brothers, could get the 46 pints of blood he needed to survive.

Giving blood can serve as a healing moment leading up to the one year anniversary on Monday.

If you plan on heading to Boston on Friday or over the weekend, perhaps to support someone who is running Monday, there will be blood drives in honor of the victims.

At the Marriott Copley Place, there will be a “Boston Strong” blood drive from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Friday.

In honor of Officer Donahue, Watertown High School will host a blood drive Saturday from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

If you are not in Boston, you can still help by making an appointment to donate blood at any Red Cross location near you. The number to call is 1-800-Red-Cross.

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