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Collierville Citizens Police Association hosts Red Cross blood drive to honor those behind the badge

Greater Ozarks-Arkansas

November 25, 2013
 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Officers who work in local police departments put themselves in the line of fire to protect and serve their communities. On Dec. 7, the Collierville Citizens Police Association is partnering with the American Red Cross to help save lives and say thanks to the men and women behind the badge.

The CCPA is a group of individuals that undergo a six-week academy conducted by the Collierville Police Department. The program informs the community on how the police force works and how the public can help make their neighborhoods a safer place to live.

"Our officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us out of harm’s way.  Donating blood allows us to give part of ourselves:  the part that gives life," said Collierville Citizens Police Academy graduate Gwendolyn Tucker.

All blood types are needed, especially types O negative, A negative, B negative and AB positive or negative. Compared to the risks officers are willing to take each day on the street, the blood donation process at a Red Cross blood drive is simple and easy.

“When you think about what police officers go through, you realize they’re making a tremendous daily sacrifice,” said Marci Manley, spokesperson for the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “We’re only asking donors to give an hour of their time and one pint of blood to help save up to three lives. It’s a show of support for not only the patients we serve but also the Collierville Police Department.”

Collierville Citizen Police Association blood drive:

Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. at YMCA, 1185 E. Schilling Blvd., Collierville, Tenn.

Organizers want the day to be a fun-filled, community event. The Collierville Police Department is pitching in by including a K-9 police dog demonstration. The first 50 presenting donors to the blood drive will also receive free Chick-fil-A breakfast sandwiches.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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, 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.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBldGOA.