9/11 blood drive takes place throughout Maine

'Roll Up Your Sleeve and Remember' drive

HOLDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The annual Red Cross “Roll Up Your Sleeve and Remember” blood drive took place throughout the state on Sunday to honor all those who lost their lives 15 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001 — an opportunity to give back to the community.

“I was paving driveways actually in Eddington, and that’s when the first plane hit and i just remember a tear coming down my face and the second one hit and we just put all our equipment away and left cause we didn't know what was going on” said Dan Cunningham, who has been donating blood for more than 30 years.

“…I was in sixth grade, I was having lunch with my social studies teacher Mr.Yo and I was just reading i was pretty young at the time so he was trying to explain to me what was going on and I was doing the best that I could to understand” said Red Cross account manager Katelyn Eaton.

Many of us know exactly where we were on 9/11, and now it is 15 years later. For many people it’s become a day of service. It’s about honoring both first responders as well as others who lost their lives. One way of doing that is by giving blood.

“It’s really great to see an outpouring of support from the community giving blood...you never forget those that have fallen at 9/11” said Holden firefighter and EMT Chris Luce.

The blood drive which took place across the state, in four locations: Holden, Auburn, Augusta and Portland.

“So if another state is a little low in blood we'll try to help them out and vice versa, our goal is just whatever state needs blood they get blood” said Red Cross account manager Eddie Scott.

The Red Cross works to help all those in need both here in the United States and around the world. They provide 40 percent of the nation's blood. So whether it's remembering those lives lost on 9/11 or donating throughout the year most importantly blood drives save lives and give people an opportunity to make a difference not just on one day but all year long.

“Fifteen years ago, 9/11 was just another day until it wasn't and the blood that we used that day was already there, so we like to have that in stock before its needed," Eaton said. "It’s a great way to give back and remember and to feel good to save lives."

If you or someone you know was unable to make to the blood drives across the state on Sunday, there are still opportunities to make a difference. Call 1-800-Red-Cross or visit redcrossblood.org.

Copyright 2016 WLBZ


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