11th annual Hays Battle of the Badges blood drive kicks off Dec. 12

December 11, 2013


Media contact: Cari Merrill, 316-268-0853, @RedCrossBloodCP                     redcrossblood.org


11th annual Battle of the Badges blood drive kicks off Dec. 12

Red Cross encourages people to give something that means something this holiday season


HAYS, Kan. (Dec. 11, 2013) — Dedicated men and women in uniform dutifully serve the public every day by responding to local emergencies and keeping the streets safe. Now they are joining forces to help save lives in a different way.


For the 11th consecutive year, the Ellis County Rural Fire Department, Hays Fire Department, Ellis County Emergency Medical Service and the Hays Police Department will “battle” to see who can bring in the most blood donors during the Battle of the Badges community blood drive. Community members who donate blood can vote for their favorite group. The winning agency gets bragging rights for the year as well as a traveling trophy.


Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Dec. 12 – Dec. 31 at the Hays Donor Center, 208 E. 8th St.

Tuesday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


All presenting donors will receive a T-shirt. Also, presenting donors can enter to win His and Her watches, donated by Diamond R Jewelry.


The holidays, inclement weather and seasonal illnesses can make winter a difficult time to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs. The Red Cross urges donors who have made a commitment to give blood or platelets to keep their appointments. Every appointment kept and every pint donated offers hope to patients in need.


“Eligible donors can help spread hope during the holidays by giving something that doesn’t cost a thing, but can offer so much – a blood or platelet donation,” said Cari Merrill, communications program manager for the Central Plains Blood Services Region. “Give something that means something this holiday season.”


Each year, the Red Cross collects approximately 5.6 million blood donations from roughly 3.3 million volunteer donors. From these donations, more than 8 million transfusable blood products are manufactured and delivered to approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the county for patients in need.


How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 Kansas), 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.


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 @RedCrossBloodCP.