Hays Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

December 6, 2012

Wichita, Kan. (Dec. 6, 2012) — 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 together to help save lives in one more way.

It is time for the 10th Annual Hays Battle of the Badges Community Blood Drive sponsored by American Red Cross. Local law enforcement, EMS and firefighters will “battle” to see which group can bring in the most donors. EMS leads with five wins; law enforcement and fire each have two wins apiece.

“The battle isn’t just for these civil servants. Anyone can get involved in the fun this year and increase the amount of blood donated during the holidays,” said Terri Dunaway, CEO, Central Plains Blood Services Region. “Through this annual event, people in Hays and the surrounding area can help Red Cross maintain a steady blood supply for hospital patients in need.”


10th Annual Hays Battle of the Badges Community Blood Drive
Tuesday, Dec. 11 to Friday, Dec. 28, 2012
Hays Blood Donor Center, 208 E. 8th St., Hays, Kan.
Mondays – Closed
Tuesdays – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesdays – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursdays – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please note, the center will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

All presenting donors will receive a T-shirt and can vote for their favorite civil servant. Participants will also have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a Traeger Grill courtesy of Crawford Supply Company.

When the competition is over, the Battle of the Badges winner receives bragging rights and a trophy. But the real winners are hospital patients in need of blood. Anyone can become a hero during Battle of the Badges.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or click here 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.

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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.