Battle of the Badges - Q & A

December 16, 2009




Q:    What is the Battle?
A:      The Battle is a community-wide blood drive where local law enforcement competes with firefighters to see who can give the most blood.
Q:    Do you have to be with fire or law enforcement to participate?
A:      No. This is a fun event for everyone. The idea is to increase the amount of blood donated during the holidays to maintain a steady blood supply for people who need it. Anyone can participate and vote for their favorite civil servant.
Q:    What are this year’s dates?
A:      The kick off is Thursday, Dec. 17 at 11:30 a.m. and the Battle runs through Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010.
Q:    What does the winner get?
A:      Bragging rights for a year and a big trophy. But it doesn’t matter who wins, law or fire, because it is really hospital patients throughout Kansas who are the real winners.
Q:    How many years has this been going on and who won last year?
A:      This is the 15th year for Battle of the Badges in our community. The score is tied at 7 wins for law, 7 wins for fire. Last year, law won. This year, who knows??
Q:    Do you have any incentives for donors this year?
A:      Yes. Everyone who donates this year gets a great Battle T-shirt and he or she gets to vote for their favorite civil servant, law or fire.
Q:    Do you have any special events going on this year during the battle?
A:      Yes, we will have Wendy’s Chili on Dec. 17 and 18; Gift Wrap Day with Journal Broadcast on Dec. 21; massages provided on December 17th, 24th and 30th; and Papa John’s Pizza Days on Dec. 28 and 29th.
Q:    When and where can I donate?
A:      People can donate at the Wichita Blood Donor Center Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays from 7 a.m. to
         4 p.m.; and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.* at the American Red Cross,
         707 N. Main, Wichita, Kan. (There will be shortened hours on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.)
Q:    Do I have to make an appointment?
A:      It is always best to make an appointment so the Red Cross can schedule the right amount of staff, and you will not have as long a wait. Call 268-0835 or 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to make an appointment. But, walk-ins are always welcome.
Q:    Why is it important to give blood?
A:      Because only 40 percent of people in this country are able to donate blood, but of this number only 8 percent DO give blood. It is very important for the Red Cross to continually gain new donors to make sure blood is available when people need it. You never know when it might be you, your family member or friend, who needs that life-saving blood.
Q:    How many lives can I save with one donation?
A:      Your one donation, which only takes an hour, can save up to 3 lives. And the best part is you can donate every two months. This adds up saving up to 18 lives each year.
Q:    I don’t know if I can donate, what are the requirements?
A:      A person has to feel good on the day of donation, weigh at least 110 pounds (more for donors under 19) and be in general good health. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE if you have any questions about eligibility or go to our website,