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Remembering San Diego’s Lifesaving Response to 9/11

Today we want to remember that, with help from the U.S. Navy and San Diego Blood Bank, San Diego residents provided 380 pints of blood to New York City on September 11, 2001. Over the next few days, more than 4,000 San Diegans donated additional lifesaving blood.

Beth Ann Ley has worked at San Diego Blood Bank for nearly 43 years. She remembers coming to work on 9/11. “People were wrapped around the building,” she said. “The response was overwhelming. It just made me really proud to work here.”

This response—courageous, immediate, and generous—is a true example of how our blood donors are committed to helping those who require lifesaving blood. On this day, we remember and honor San Diegans for how they responded in a time of urgent need...with courage and dedication to their fellow humans.

We thank you for donating blood then, and we thank you for donating blood now. It’s the blood already on the shelves that makes it possible for us to respond when our fellow Americans need us most.

Did you donate blood on September 11, 2001? We'd love to hear your story. Send an email to and tell us how you helped your fellow Americans.

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