Community Blood and Food Drive on September 11  September 10, 2019

Please Join the U.S. Embassy and the Red Cross of Skopje for a

COMMUNITY BLOOD AND FOOD DRIVE

Wednesday, September 11 from 09:00 to 16:00 at the U.S. Embassy

On Wednesday September 11, the U.S. Embassy will mark the National Day of Service and Remembrance by hosting its 11th Blood and Food Donation event in collaboration with the Red Cross of the City of Skopje and the Institute of Transfusion Medicine. The National Day of Service and Remembrance began in 2002 to honor through charitable service the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who stepped forward in response to the attacks.  This year the event is being organized by the U.S. Embassy’s Federal Women’s Program and we are honoring female first responders of the 9/11 attacks.

We encourage people from all communities, regardless of their political or religious beliefs, to come together to focus on a common cause during this event.  Our efforts will help the Red Cross of Skopje to replenish blood supplies and provide families in need here in North Macedonia with food and other necessities for the winter months ahead.

Donating blood can take as little as 20 minutes from start to finish, including registration, a brief medical check/questionnaire from the Red Cross medical staff, and the blood donation.  Afterwards, enjoy a snack and a drink from our juice bar.

Donors must be between 18 and 65 years of age and cannot have donated blood in the last four months for women or three months for men. Further requirements regarding blood donations are on the Red Cross website: http://itm.org.mk/en/

We will also be collecting non-perishable food items (see list below) and financial donations.  Please consider donating a food item, especially if you cannot donate blood.

Red Cross Recommended Food Donations:

Rice, beans, lentils, salt, sugar, flour, corn flour, pasta, oil, canned peas, canned string beans, mixed vegetables, canned fish, biscuits, soups, and canned fruits.

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