This September 11th will mark the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, and is the largest annual day of charitable engagement in the US. Millions of people observe the day with acts to help others. One great way to help is to either volunteer helping the American Red Cross, or donate blood, or both!

Since every two seconds in the US, someone needs a blood transfusion or platelets, regular donations are always needed, and the 9/11 National Day of Service is a great day to help out.

All blood types are needed, so if you're 17 or older (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health, you can donate! Get more details on donation eligibility.

There are a lot of places near you where you can donate blood the week of September 11th.

  • 9/7 - 11am-4:45pm - American Legion, 632 Eastern Ave in Allegan
  • 9/7 - 10am - 3:45pm - Herrick District Library, 300 South River Ave in Holland
  • 9/8 - 12pm - 5:45pm - First Baptist Church of Spring Lake, 118 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake
  • 9/12 - 12pm - 5:45pm - Third Reformed Church, 111 W. 13th St in Holland
  • 9/13 - 12pm - 5:45pm - Otsego Public Library, 401 Dix St. in Otsego
  • 9/14 - 12pm - 5:45pm - Saugatuck Brewing Company, 2948 Blue Star Memorial Highway in Douglas
  • 9/14 - 12pm - 5:45pm - United Church of Wayland, 411 Superior St in Wayland
  • 9/15 - 1pm - 6:45pm - Intersection Ministries, 945 136th St in Holland
  • 9/16 - 10am - 5:45pm - North Ottawa Community Hospital, 1309 Sheldon Rd in Grand Haven
  • 9/16 - 12pm - 5:45pm - Central Park Reformed Church, 614 Myrtle Ave in Holland

You can also download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or get more information.