U.S. Embassy and Red Cross of Skopje Blood and Food Drive

On September 12, the U.S. Embassy will host a Blood, Food, and Clothing drive to mark the U.S. National Day of Service and Remembrance in collaboration with the Red Cross of the City of Skopje and the Institute of Transfusion Medicine.

Donors of blood, non-perishable food, and lightly worn clothing will be welcomed at the U.S. Embassy from 09:00 until 16:00.  Ambassador Jess Baily will make remarks at 11:00 and will be joined by the Secretary of the Red Cross Sait Saiti and the Director of the Institute of Transfusion Medicine Dr. Koco Dimitrovski.

Through this action of community service, donors will help the Red Cross replenish blood supplies and provide needy families with food and clothing for the winter months ahead.

The National Day of Service and Remembrance began in 2002 as a way to honor the 9/11 victims, survivors, and responders through charitable service.  In 2009, the U.S. Congress designated September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under bipartisan federal law.

Note to the media:  journalists that wish to cover the event should register with the Embassy Public Affairs Office (e-mail: ahmetil@state.gov; vrenezizj@state.gov or telephone 310 2000 extension 2023 or 2402) no later than 16:00 on September 11.  Media are kindly asked to be at the Side Entrance of the Embassy, no later than 10:20 on September 12.