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Red Cross honors badge-carrying heroes and blood donors

Southern California Blood Services Region

May 21, 2014
 

Red Cross honors badge-carrying heroes and blood donors

LAPD, LASD earn top honors for the 8th Annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

 

Los Angeles, CA (May 21, 2014) — On Thursday, May 22, 2014 the American Red Cross will host a celebratory luncheon to honor the thousands of badge-carrying heroes from across the Southland that helped fend off the threat of a winter blood shortage.  Thousands rolled up their sleeves to support the 8th Annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive and help local patients in need of a transfusion.

The 8th Annual Battle of the Badges - considered the nation’s largest law enforcement and public safety-supported blood drive – featured more than 171 blood drives over the course of the winter months and collected 4,958 pints of blood.  Since each donation can potentially help save up the three lives, the 2013-14 Battle of the Badges impacted nearly 15,000 local patients. The Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department topped the nearly 200 other city, county, state and federal agencies participating, collecting 690 units and 328 units, respectively.

“Each year we’re amazed at how the public safety community rallies together to make this initiative so successful,” said Chief U.S. Probation Officer Michelle Carey. “The fact that thousands of people can come together for this humanitarian cause and potentially save 15,000 lives is just incredible.”

“The need for blood is constant - especially in emergency situations,” said Darrin Greenlee, CEO for the American Red Cross Blood Services – Southern California Region.  “Our reserves were depleted and we were facing challenges brought on by a national blood shortage.  The Red Cross deeply appreciates the thousands of badge-carrying heroes and civilians who participated in this life-saving effort. We are thankful to each and every agency that answered our call to help those in need with more than 4,900 lifesaving donations. It was a remarkable success!” added Greenlee.

The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive is a lifesaving campaign executed by the American Red Cross in conjunction with the United States Probation Office and hundreds of law enforcement and public safety agencies across the Western United States.  This lifesaving collaboration enables badge carrying personnel to positively impact their communities by participating in a spirited competition to see which agency can donate the most blood and ultimately help the Red Cross save the most lives. The program began in 2007 and has since collected close to 29,000 pints of blood.  It’s success has earned national acclaim by the White House as the largest law enforcement blood drive effort in the nation.

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/SoCal or visit us on Twitter at @SoCal_RedCross.