Local Blood Drive Pits Law Enforcement Against Firefighters

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Local law enforcement will battle with local firefighters to see who can bring in the most donors in American Red Cross’ 18th annual Battle of the Badges Community Blood Drive.

The blood drive will take place from Thursday, December 13 through Monday, January 1 at the Wichita Blood Donor Center at 707 North Main Street.

Blood can also be donated on December 28 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Wichita Fire Station 6, 1010 North 143rd Street, or Wichita Fire Station 21, 2110 North 135th Street West.

“The battle isn’t just for these civil servants. Anyone can get involved in the fun this year and increase the amount of blood donated during the holidays,” said Terri Dunaway, CEO, Central Plains Blood Services Region. “Through this annual event, the Wichita community can help maintain a steady blood supply for hospital patients throughout Kansas and across the country.”

All presenting donors will receive a 2012 Battle of the Badges T-shirt and can vote for their favorite civil servant. When the competition is over, the Battle of the Badges winner receives bragging rights and a trophy.

Law enforcement won the battle last year, but the firefighters are still ahead with nine wins to law enforcement’s eight wins.

All blood types are needed. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

For more information on how to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit the link provided.

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