ST. LOUIS, Mo. (April 8, 2019) — Cedar Hill Fire Protection, Eureka Fire Protection, High Ridge Fire Department and Hillsboro Fire Protection are teaming with the American Red Cross for an inaugural 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 donating May 3 or May 6. Donors’ blood donations will help decide who wins bragging rights and a trophy. Locations, dates and times are listed below.
Friday, May 3:
- Cedar Hill Fire Protection, Big River VFW, 1 Lynn Ln., Cedar Hill, Mo. – Hours: 2-7 p.m.
- Eureka Fire Protection, 4849 Hwy 109, Eureka, Mo. – Hours: 2-7 p.m.
- Hillsboro Fire Protection – held at Hillsboro Community Civic Ctr., 10349 Hwy 21, Hillsboro, Mo. – Hours: 12:30-6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 6:
- High Ridge Fire Dept., 2842 High Ridge Blvd., High Ridge, Mo. – Hours: 2:30-6:30 p.m.
Battle of the Badges is a friendly competition to encourage community members to join their local first responders and perform their own heroic act with a blood donation.
“We are extremely grateful to these fire stations for their support of Sound the Alarm and now through the Battle of the Badges to support our Blood Services,” said Mary Jane Thomsen, executive director, Greater St. Louis Red Cross Chapter. “By hosting these blood drives, 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).
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 and platelet donors can 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
Smoke Alarm Installations
In addition to the Battle of the Badges blood drives, the Red Cross will also be in three communities installing free smoke alarms as part of the Sound the Alarm Mission Campaign which runs through mid-May:
· Cahokia, Illinois April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
· Eureka, Missouri May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2p.m.
· Troy, Missouri May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Red Cross provides free smoke alarms and installs them throughout the year for anyone who needs them. A working smoke alarm cuts the risk of death from a fire in half. More than 500 lives have been saved through the installation of smoke alarms by the Red Cross since 2014.
Anyone needing a smoke alarm throughout the Greater St. Louis area is asked to register for an alarm online at www.getasmokealarm.org or call 314-516-2797.
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.