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‘Battle of the Badges’ Blood Drive

Northern California Blood Services Region

July 18, 2013
 

They help to protect and save lives every day when they go to work, but that doesn’t stop when they punch out at the end of their shifts.

On Aug. 1, the Salinas Police and Fire Departments and the Monterey-area California Highway Patrol will compete to see who can donate the most blood at the Monterey County Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. It’s an opportunity for badge-carrying personnel – as well as their family, friends and the general public – to have a positive impact on the community while enjoying a little friendly competition.

“The blood drive is an example of how our firefighters, police officers and our community members can help any person in need,” said Salinas Fire Department Captain Bruce Bush.

The blood drive is being held in partnership with the American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region and it is the first drive of its kind for the organization in Monterey County.

“It is inspiring to see different organizations come together with the common goal to help people in need,” said Jared Schultzman, communications manager for the American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region. “Our sincere thanks go out to Salinas Police and Fire Departments and the Monterey-area CHP for their efforts to support the community blood supply.”

Two awards will be presented to the winner(s) after the final numbers have been counted – one for the department with the most participating members and one for the department that brings in the most blood donors overall.

In the end, the real winners will be the local patients who benefit from the blood collected at the drive.

“The CHP not only works to save lives on the highway, but off as well,” said CHP Public Information Officer Robert Lehman. “By being involved in efforts such as blood drives, we are able to help improve the health and well-being of the communities we proudly serve.”

The Monterey County Battle of the Badges Blood Drive will be held on Aug. 1 at the Salinas Recreation Center (320 Lincoln Avenue) from noon to 5 p.m.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

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.


Who: Members of the Salinas Police and Fire Departments and the Monterey-area California Highway Patrol – as well as their family, friends and any other residents who want to donate blood for those in need

What: Monterey County Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

When: Thursday, Aug. 1 from noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Salinas Recreation Center (320 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas)

How: To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: BADGES. “Walk-ins” also are welcome.

Media: For more information, please contact Jared Schultzman at (510) 594-5204.