STATEN ISLAND — Borough President James Molinaro announced the start of his annual 9/11 Blood Drive on Wednesday.
The week-long drive is held each year in memory of Staten Islanders who lost their lives in the World Trade Center Attacks in 2001 and 1993, the borough president's office said.
The drive aims to collect a pint of blood for every one of the 275 borough resident lost in both attacks, but surpasses it every year. This year, Molinaro said they hope to exceed the 668 pints collected last year, the drive’s largest turnout.
“This year, we have more donation sites than we have in the past, so it is my hope that we are able to greatly surpass last year’s totals,” Molinaro said in a statement. “I urge all Staten Islanders who are eligible to ‘give the gift of life,’ and if they cannot, to pass the word on to friends and family.”
The drive will start on Sept. 1 at Starbucks, 2700 Victory Blvd., from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and run until Sept. 11. For the complete list of donor locations, contact the borough president’s office.