McPherson Police Department takes home Battle of the Badges trophy

October 17, 2013

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


McPherson Police Department takes home Battle of the Badges trophy

Two-day blood drive collects 237 pints


MCPHERSON, Kan. (Oct. 15, 2013) — The McPherson Police Department took home the trophy for this year’s Battle of the Badges community blood drive, collecting 111 votes during the two-day blood drive Aug. 29-30.


McPherson EMS followed with 60 votes, and the McPherson Fire Department was close behind, collecting 58 votes.


The McPherson Battle of the Badges community blood drive is an annual event during which community members are encouraged to donate blood and vote for their favorite first responders. The police department received its trophy this morning during the city council meeting.


The American Red Cross collected 237 pints of blood during the blood drive. Because each pint of blood can help save up to three lives, the donations could help more than 700 patients in need.


October is Liver Awareness Month, and the Red Cross reminds eligible donors that organ transplant recipients often rely on donated blood products. The need for blood is constant, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative.


Upcoming McPherson community blood drive:

Oct. 31 from noon to 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 N. Elm

Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 N. Elm

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodCP.