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Honoring Our Heroes 9/11 Blood Drive

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It's called Honoring Our Fallen Heroes 9/11 Blood Drive. And for the fifth year in a row, United Blood Services held the event in remembrance of those who were injured and lost their lives in the terrorist attacks.

"This day means so much to people and they don't know what to do or how to act or what to feel," says Carried Rigney of United Blood Services Montana.

National Day of Service and Remembrance honors 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who fought for our country in response to the attacks.

"There were a lot of people that lost their lives that day that needed blood and there was a lot of helplessness for people that were watching from a far that day," says Becky Richardson, a regular blood donor of Billings.

More than 44,000 donations of blood are needed every day, with every donation making a difference.

"Without people taking an hour of their time, patients can't get better and they can't go home," says Rigney.

While blood donations are needed throughout the year, donating on this day has a very special meaning to many.

"When I think of September 11th, I think of giving back and doing a good deed," says Rigney.

"To me, doing it today, and continuing to do it on a regular basis, it helps me feel like I can make a difference," says Richardson.

"I think it's just a good thing to do to donate blood and give back to the community, especially for people that have given for us," says Angel Frohlich, a regular blood donor from Billings.

United Blood Services provides blood to patients at local hospitals throughout our area, including Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare.

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