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Jacksonville first responders gear up for Battle of the Badges blood drive with the American Red Cross

Greater Ozarks-Arkansas

June 2, 2014
 

Police and fire departments partner to help save lives

 

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (June 2, 2014) — For police officers and firefighters, saving lives is part of the job description. On June 16, Jacksonville’s emergency responders will be partnering to help save lives in a different way with an American Red Cross blood drive.  

 

Jacksonville police and fire departments will be “battling” to collect the most blood donations. It’s a friendly competition between the two departments, where patients in need are the real winners.
 

Members of the community are invited to visit the blood drive to help Jacksonville first responders recruit the most donors to win bragging rights for the year.

 

“This blood drive battle is a fun way for first responders and the public to get involved in helping save lives,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “But it comes at a serious time for the Red Cross. The summer is historically a difficult time to collect blood.”

 

Summer vacations, activities and the heat can all prevent individuals from giving blood throughout the summer months. However, the need for blood is constant and doesn’t take a warm weather break.

 

Jacksonville Battle of Badges blood drive:

June 16 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Jacksonville Police Department building, 1400 Marshall Road in Jacksonville

 

Donors of all blood types are needed to help meet the constant need, especially donors with types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative. Eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to donate by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting redcrossblood.org.

 

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 in Arkansas), 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 @RedCross.