Red Cross Battle of the Badges Begins – Dec. 16, 2010

December 13, 2010

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Red Cross Battle of the Badges Begins – Dec. 16, 2010
Do you have the courage to donate blood?


Wichita, Kan.–Dec. 9, 2010 – It is time for the American Red Cross’ 16th Annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. This means, local law enforcement will “battle” with local firefighters to see who can give the most blood.

Firefighters and law enforcement officers give time to the community; they give a sense of security to residents; and they often give blood too. As local heroes to many, their courage in the face of adversity bolsters people in need.

But the Battle isn’t just for police officers and fire fighters; anyone can get involved in the fun of this year’s event by donating blood and voting for a favorite team – either fire or law enforcement. Everyone who tries to donate will get a great-looking T-shirt.

The 16th Annual Battle of the Badges begins on Dec. 16, 2010 and runs though Jan. 1, 2011. 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 (*Different hours Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day); Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sundays from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the American Red Cross, 707 N. Main, Wichita, Kan.

The Northwest Blood Donor Center, 8414 W. 13th St. North, Suite 200, will be open on Dec. 23, 28, 30 from 3 to 7 p.m. each day.

Spirit Aerosystems employees are encouraged to donate at the Spirit Blood Donor Center, Plant 2 Column H-21 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and can make an appointment at 316-526-0381 or 316-268-0835.

When this contest is over, the Battle of the Badges winner gets bragging rights and a big trophy. But most importantly, hospital patients throughout Kansas and Northern Oklahoma are also winners because they get the life-saving blood they need to survive.

Anyone can become a hero during Battle of the Badges. This is your chance. Give blood. Visit this link for a full list of Battle 2010 activities.

Many thanks to the following sponsors for making this important blood drive possible:County Fire, County Sheriff, Wichita Police, Wichita Fire, McDaniel Company Inc, Johnson Controls, International Association of Firefighters Local 135, Wichita Federal Credit Union, Fire Protection Services, Inc., Shelley Electric Inc., Simplex Grinnell, Absolute Protection Inc., A & H Electric Inc., Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5, Central Fire Protection Company, Firefighters Benefit Association of Sedgwick County, Mike Seltzer Jewelers, Ashley Furniture, Lowe's East - NW and Derby locations, Manufacturing Services, Inc. - “The Bottle Eze Company” and The Wichita Thunder.

How to Donate Blood: Call 316-268-0835 or 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or log on to for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

*Please Note: The Wichita Donor Center will have shortened hours on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Closed Christmas Day; shortened hours New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and shortened hours New Year’s Day, Jan. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.