In honor of 90 years of outstanding service by the men and women of the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD), the Police and the American Red Cross are asking residents to donate blood and non-perishable food items for the needy, with the goal of having 90 blood donors.
Donations can be made in honor of a MCPD or other Law Enforcement/Fire and Rescue Fallen Hero, or an Armed Forces Veteran who has served with pride during the 90-year history of the department.
The blood drive will be held at the Montgomery County Public Safety headquarters at 100 Edison Park Dr., Gaithersburg. Information on the event date and time are currently being finalized and will be available the week of September 17 on the police website at www.mymcpnews.com and the Red Cross website at www.redcrossblood.org.
Once the date and times have been finalized, donors must make a reservation to schedule a time to donate blood. No reservation is necessary to donate food items. Needed items for the Food Pantry include packaged stuffing, canned gravy, jelly, peanut butter, coffee and other non-perishable food items.
To reserve a time to give blood, go to www.redcrossblood.org, and follow the scheduling prompts: click in blue box to “Make a Blood Donation Appointment” and enter Sponsor ID: 05314796. Go to Donor Login and enter your UserName and Password, click login. Select your preferred time to create an appointment. Walk-in donors will be accepted but the preferred method is to sign up on line. Donors are reminded to: bring a photo ID, double up on fluid intake 24 hours before the event and eat regular meals.