It's a gift that helps twice.
Donations of blood to the New York Blood Center will trigger a financial contribution to several FDNY-related charities, Fire Department officials announced Monday.
The program comes during the Blood Center's "critical days," a time of increased need for blood donations, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said.
"You never know when you yourself or a member of your family or any loved one will need this kind of help," said Scoppetta.
Firefighter Matthew Long - who was expected to die after he was run down by a private bus during the 2005 transit strike - said a ready supply of blood helped keep him alive.
"Without that blood, the doctors wouldn't have been able to put me back together," said Long. "I'm living proof your donation counts."
For every pint of blood donated in the FDNY's name, the Blood Center will give $10 to the city Bravest Scholarship Fund, the Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund or the Paramedic Carlos R. Lillo Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The donations must take place at one of NYBC's New York or New Jersey blood-drive locations.