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Ellison Report: Giving Blood And 'Standing Together' With Minnesotans

It was a busy few days for St. Louis Park's congressional representative, as he took part in several events connected with 9/11.

Rep. Keith Ellison donated blood on Friday during a Sept. 11 memorial blood drive at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The blood drive "is one of 200 blood drives scheduled as part of the 'Muslims for Life' campaign, which aims to collect 10,000 bags of blood across the country," according to Judy Kurtz, writing for The Hill.

After giving blood, Ellison shared his thoughts on Twitter:

"Gave blood today on Cap Hill. Drive organized by Muslim group in honor of victims and heros of 9-11. Reflect, pray, and give thanks."

One of Ellison's Twitter followers, @cowsandsheep, tweeted:

"Dang Rep Ellison now you gonna have them protesting the Blood Bank."

Ellison responded:

"Yes, this is sadly a risk."

On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Ellison attended the "Minnesotans Standing Together" gathering at the State Capitol.

The event was organized by several religious organizations. Emcees included the Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin, Minnesota Council of Churches; Chaplain (LTC) John Morris, Minnesota National Guard; and Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman, Temple Israel, according to the event's website.

Ellison again shared his views on Twitter:

"Minnesotans Standing Together was joyous & thought-provoking. Over 50 faith leaders brought prayers, thanksgiving to 100s gathered."

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