The Stillwater Fire and Police Departments will compete for bragging rights in an American Red Cross Battle of the Badges blood drive Sept. 19 from noon – 6 p.m. at the Stillwater Community Center, 315 W. 8th Ave. The Battle of the Badges is a friendly competition to encourage community members to join first responders to perform their own heroic act with a blood donation.
The team who has the most people donate on their behalf will receive a traveling trophy to display for the coming year, presented by the City of Stillwater.
“On behalf of the members of the Stillwater Police Department, I would like to encourage everyone to make a blood donation at the Red Cross Boots and Badges blood drive,” said Ryan McCaghren, Stillwater Police Chief. “The Red Cross is always there to support the needs of both victims and first responders whether it be at the scene of a fire or other disaster or by providing blood. We want to support their efforts.”
The Battle of the Badges blood drives occurs during September which is National Preparedness Month, and an important reminder that a readily available blood supply is critical for emergencies. All those who come to donate during the Battle of the Badges blood drive will receive a coupon via email for a free haircut from Sport Clips Haircuts.
“Fire and law enforcement units know firsthand how important it is to have blood readily available for emergencies,” said Ashley Weis, account manager of the Southwest Blood Services Region. “By hosting this blood drive, they are helping ensure that blood is on the shelves before it is needed.”
To make an appointment for Battle of the Badges, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use sponsor code stillwaterok.
How to donate blood
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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.