Support local heroes at the Blackwell Battle of the Badges community blood drive

October 4, 2013

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


Support local heroes at the Blackwell Battle of the Badges community blood drive

Donate blood Oct. 8


BLACKWELL, Okla. (Oct. 4, 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.


Blackwell’s fire and police departments 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.


The need for blood is constant, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative.


Blackwell Battle of the Badges blood drive:

Oct. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. at the American Red Cross, 1313 W. Ferguson, Blackwell


October is Liver Awareness Month, and the Red Cross reminds eligible donors that organ transplant patients often rely on donated blood products.


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.