Local fire and law enforcement personnel compete to increase blood donations
Local fire fighters and law enforcement personnel are teaming up with the American Red Cross for the Battle of the Badges blood drive to see who can recruit the most eligible donors in their community to donate blood. Individuals can join the Battle of the Badges blood drive by making an appointment to donate on Thursday, Sept. 1 between 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. at AC Moose Lodge 216, 3900 West End Avenue.
“We are proud to be a part of the first Atlantic City Battle of the Badges blood drive,” said Chief Henry White of the Atlantic City Police Department. “For the hour it takes to make one blood donation, there could be a whole community of people thankful for another birthday given to their loved one”
Men and women in uniform help save lives in the Atlantic City area every day. This event is a friendly competition to encourage community members to join their local fire and police departments to perform their own heroic act with a blood donation. Show your gratitude for these everyday heroes and help ensure an adequate blood supply by giving blood at the inaugural Atlantic City Battle of the Badges Blood Drive.
“For those who may be unable to give, we would ask that they consider recruiting a friend or family member to donate in their place,” said Chief Scott Evans of the Atlantic City Fire Department. “Donors’ blood donations will help us determine who wins serious bragging rights between our local police and fire departments.”
As a special incentive to give, all those who present to donate during Battle of the Badges will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card, while supplies last.
“Atlantic City fire fighters and law enforcement units know firsthand how important it is to have blood readily available for emergencies,” said Jennifer Graham, district manager of Penn-Jersey 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).
Atlantic City Police and Fire Battle of the Badges
Thurs., Sept. 1 | 7 am – 5 pm
AC Moose Lodge 216
3900 West End Avenue | Atlantic City, NJ
Sponsor key word: battle of badges
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.
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.