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Eastern Mass Remembers 9/11
It was a day none of us will ever forget, a day that united the nation.
It’s with a heavy heart the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts takes a look back to 12 years ago today – a day that will forever remain with us.
Many people will never forget where they were the morning of September 11, 2001, as a plane crashed into the World Trade Center. They watched with even greater shock as a second plane hit the towers. Chaos and panic ensued, as the world tried to understand what was happening.
That day alone, the American Red Cross:
Activated 6,000 Red Cross volunteers to fan out across the impacted areas
Opened 13 Red Cross shelters
Sent Disaster Mental Health workers to shelters, crash sites, airports and hospitals
Opened Respite Centers for firefighters, police officers, port authority workers and others
Received 1 million calls on the Blood Donation line (the previous record in one day was 3,000 calls)
Every chapter in the nation supported stranded passengers at airports as air space was shut down
Lost one Emergency Response Vehicle—destroyed in the collapse as volunteers were responding at the World Trade Center
It was a day none of us will ever forget, a day that united the nation. The American Red Cross will always remember 9/11.