WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – 18 years ago today, nearly 3,000 people were killed and more than 6,000 were injured in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
On Wednesday, the Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs office is honoring and remembering the victims and the first responders with a special blood drive.
“We want to expand our efforts to show appreciation and pay tribute to those who were affected directly, those lives that were lost, the first responders,” county veterans service officer Michelle Sloyer said.
Sloyer said it’s the first time they’re having the blood drive on September 11. She said the goal is pretty simple. They hope people give the gift of life. Sloyer said it’s a great way to give back to the community, and 9/11 is the perfect day to help others.
So far, 15 people have signed up, however, the organization hopes to get 15 more people to donate.
“15 donors can affect 45 lives, so we’ve got 15 people signed up,” Sloyer said. “Our goal is 30, so we’re looking at being able to impact 90 lives or more.”
Sloyer said you don’t have to be a veteran to participate. Everyone from the community is invited.
The drive is on the second floor of the Pinecrest Building on 1407 Independence Ave. in Waterloo. It goes from 9 a.m. to noon. Donors can walk-in or schedule an appointment by following this link: https://www.lifeservebloodcenter.org/ or calling 800-287-4903.