Pittsburg law, fire departments to host first-ever Battle of the Badges community blood drive

November 18, 2013

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


Pittsburg law, fire departments to host first-ever Battle of the Badges community blood drive

Community members who donate blood can vote for favorite first-responding agency Nov. 25-26


PITTSBURG, Kan. (Nov. 18, 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 first time, the Pittsburg police and fire departments will “battle” to see who can bring in the most blood donors during the Pittsburg Battle of the Badges community blood drive Nov. 25-26. Community members who present to donate blood can vote for their favorite agency and be served chili by police officers and firefighters. The winning agency gets bragging rights for the year.


“You never know when you’ll be in an emergency situation where you would need that gift to maybe keep yourself or a family member alive,” said Pittsburg Police Department Major Brent Narges.


During this year’s battle, the American Red Cross hopes to collect 130 pints of blood. Because each pint can help up to three people, up to 390 patients could benefit.


Blood is a perishable product. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must be replenished constantly.


Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Nov. 25 from 1 to 6:30 p.m. at Countryside Christian Church, 1901 E. 4th, Pittsburg

Nov. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Countryside Christian Church, 1901 E. 4th, Pittsburg


With the holiday season and winter just around the corner, all blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative, B negative and AB positive or negative.


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.