Support local heroes at the annual Hutchinson Battle of the Badges community blood drive

January 14, 2014

Donate blood Jan. 20-25

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (Jan. 8, 2014) — 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.

The Hutchinson Fire Department, Hutchinson Police Department and the Harvey County Sheriff's Office will "battle" to see who can bring in the most blood donors. Community members who donate blood can vote for their favorite group. The winning agency gets bragging rights for the year as well as a traveling trophy.

January can be a particularly difficult time to collect blood due to inclement winter weather and seasonal illnesses. Blood donors of all types are currently needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative.

Hutchinson Battle of the Badges community blood drive:

Jan. 20 from noon to 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 201 E. Sherman, Hutchinson
Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 201 E. Sherman, Hutchinson
Jan. 22 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 201 E. Sherman, Hutchinson
Jan. 24 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Dollar Sense, 1301 N. Main, Hutchinson
Jan. 25 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Walmart, 1905 E. 17th, Hutchinson

Throughout National Blood Donor Month this January, the Red Cross is celebrating the lifesaving contribution blood donors make to modern health care. This month is a special time to highlight the importance of giving blood and to honor past and present donors who have rolled up a sleeve to help patients in need.

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 some states, including 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.

Media contact:
Laurie Nehring