Partner with local heroes by donating blood at the Boonville Battle of the Badges Blood Drive
Boonville Police, Fire engage in friendly competition Aug. 29
BOONVILLE, Mo. (Aug. 14, 2014) — The public depends on the generous service of first responders who dedicate their lives to helping others in times of emergency. But even the most courageous heroes need partners to help save lives.
On Aug. 29, the Boonville Police and Fire Departments will face off to see which department can recruit the most blood donors for the American Red Cross Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. The winning department will receive bragging rights, but the real winners are hospital patients throughout the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region who may receive the potentially lifesaving blood they need to survive.
Battle of the Badges Blood Drive
Aug. 29 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Boonville Fire Department Training Room, 500 Bingham Road in Boonville
Not all heroes wear badges. The Red Cross encourages area residents to partner with their local heroes by rolling up a sleeve and donating blood on Aug. 29.
The Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations, even as thousands of people answered the urgent call to donate last month. Through the end of July, the Red Cross saw an increase of approximately 7.5 percent in the number of donors coming to give blood, resulting in more than 11,800 additional donations beyond what was anticipated. Despite the increase, blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in, maintaining the urgent need.
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 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.