Yesterday I made an appointment online to return to the spot where I spent a dazed day on 9/11 eight years earlier waiting my turn to give blood to help the victims. The Blood Bank of the Redwoods has spiffed up since then with a flat screen TV and Le Corbousier-style leather chairs. It also has several food promotions to thank blood donors, such as Baskin-Robbins Pint for a Pint Mondays ( http://bbr.org/promotions.htm ).
For the Fridays and Saturdays in the month of September, Cattlemen’s Restaurant in Santa Rosa is donating lunch for blood donors. A blood bank staffer mans the food warmers, takes your order and brings it to your table. Yesterday I had a choice of grilled chicken or tri-tip, served on a French roll with or without carmelized onions, plus a green salad. I tried the chicken and found it too dry. The tri-tip with a moderately spicy barbecue sauce was quite tasty.
Tri-tip lunch plate
The blood bank also had a good choice of snacks and drinks. I had Ocean Spray cranberry juice, V8, and a bottle of water with my Rolled Gold pretzels and Mrs. May’s Trio tropical fruit and nut bar.
9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance
2400 Midway Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95405