Badge Isn’t Needed to Be a Lifesaver this Summer
With bragging rights and a travelling trophy at stake, Omaha metro-area law enforcement personnel are vying to defend law enforcement’s title as the winner of the American Red Cross Battle of the Badges, which is sponsored by NEWSRadio 1110 KFAB. This June fire and rescue personnel will take on law enforcement again during the friendly competition to see who can recruit the most blood donors.
But you don’t need to have a badge to support police or fire – community members are encouraged to roll up a sleeve and give blood on behalf of their department of choice. The group – law enforcement or fire – that has the most donors present on its behalf wins the coveted Battle of the Badges trophy which will be awarded on June 10 during the Fire and Police Appreciation Day concert for Omaha first responders and their families.
In addition to celebrating our local police and fire departments, the second annual Battle of the Badges, which runs from June 1 to June 10, will help ensure the Red Cross can meet the needs of patients during the summer months.
No matter what your plans are this summer, you can join metro-area first responders and be a lifesaver by giving blood.
Battle of the Badges Blood Donation Opportunities
To make an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit redcrossblood.org.
- June 3, 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Omaha Firefighters Union Hall, 6005 Grover St.*
- June 4, 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Omaha Police Union Hall, 13445 Cryer Ave.*
- June 10, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in conjunction with Fire and Police Appreciation Day activities at Qwest Center, Lot D, 455 N. 10th St.
* All presenting donors at the indicated blood drives receive double points for the group of their choice.
- June 1, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Loess Hills Blood Donation Center, 705 N. 16th St.
- June 7, 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Loess Hills Blood Donation Center, 705 N. 16th St.
- June 2, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Bellevue Public Library, 1003 Lincoln Rd., Bellevue
- June 3, noon to 6 p.m. at LaVista Public Library, 9110 Giles Rd., Omaha
- June 4, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sarpy County Courthouse, 1257 Golden Gate Dr., Papillion
- June 8, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Bellevue Christian Center, 1400 Harvel Dr., Bellevue
- June 9, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Papillion Police Station, 1000 E. First St., Papillion
How to Donate Blood
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card, picture identification, 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 or younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.