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Help Local Heroes Save Lives at Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Heart of America

April 19, 2012
 

PEORIA, Ill. (April 19, 2012) – Dedicated men and women in uniform dutifully serve the public every day by responding to local emergencies and keeping the streets safe. But this month, they are joining together to help save lives in one more way.

On April 25, the Pekin Police Department, Pekin Fire Department and the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department will compete to see which team can recruit the most donors for its 4th Annual American Red Cross Battle of the Badges Blood Drive.

“The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive is an opportunity for our local heroes to engage in a fun competition for bragging rights, all while helping save lives,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the American Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “With blood products being distributed to hospitals as quickly as they are coming in, the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive will help ensure the Red Cross is able to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need.”

All presenting donors at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive will receive an American Red Cross vehicle sunglasses holder.

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Wednesday, April 25

7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Pekin City Offices

111 South Capitol St., Pekin

You don’t have to wear a badge to be a hero. The Red Cross invites area residents to join the heroes of the Pekin Police Department, Pekin Fire Department and the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department by donating blood at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive on April 25.

Walk-ins are welcome at all blood drives, but donors are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.

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 permission 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. 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

 

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