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First responders join forces to help save lives during Omaha-area Protect, Serve and Save Blood Drives

Midwest

April 19, 2013
 
OMAHA, Neb. — Dedicated men and women in uniform dutifully serve the public every day by responding to local emergencies and keeping the streets safe. Between May 6 and 10, the community is invited to pay tribute to these everyday heroes by joining them to save lives at the Protect, Serve and Save Blood Drives.
 
In past years during the annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, local law enforcement departments have been pitted against local fire and rescue departments to recruit the most blood donors. This year, these first responders are working together and joining forces with the American Red Cross to encourage the public to donate blood during the Protect, Serve and Save Blood Drives.
 
First responders see firsthand the need for blood at the scene of emergencies, accidents and disasters in our community.  Honor those first responders and help ensure an adequate blood supply by giving at the Protect, Serve and Save Blood Drives.
 
Protect, Serve and Save Blood Drives
May 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bellevue Fire Training Center, 3100 Cornhusker Rd., Bellevue
May 7 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the LaVista Community Center, 8116 Parkview Blvd., LaVista
May 9 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Omaha Fire Department Union Hall, 6005 Grover St., Omaha
May 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Omaha Police Union Hall, 13445 Cryer Ave., Omaha
May 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sarpy County Courthouse, 1261 Golden Gate Dr., Papillion
 
The need for blood is like the need for first responders – it is constant. Give blood.
How to donate blood
To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code SAVE. 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 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 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
 
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