Help Local Heroes Save Lives During the 14th Annual Badges for Life Blood Donation Campaign

August 20, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (August 20, 2012) – Dedicated men and women in uniform dutifully serve the public every day by responding to local emergencies and keeping the streets safe. But as the summer comes to a close, they are joining together to help save lives in one more way.

Starting Monday, August 27, local heroes in Bloomington-Normal will participate in the American Red Cross’ 14th Annual Badges for Life Blood Donation Campaign. The campaign encourages the Bloomington-Normal community to support their local law enforcement officers and first responders by giving the gift of life. Since the campaign launched 13 years ago, generous volunteer donors have given over 2,700 pints of lifesaving blood.


14th Annual Bloomington-Normal Badges for Life Blood Donation Campaign

All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross t-shirt and pizza from Monical’s

8/27/2012, 2:30 pm- 6:30 pm Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1 Westport Ct., Bloomington

8/28/2012, 8:00 am-12:00 pm and 3:00 pm-6:00 pm, Bloomington Police Department, 305 South East Street, Bloomington

8/28/2012, 1:30 pm- 5:30 pm Bloomington Fire Department Station 2, 1911 Hamilton Road, Bloomington

8/29/2012, 8:00 am- 1:00 pm Normal Police Department, 100 East Phoenix, Normal

8/29/2012, 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm Normal Fire Department, 1300 E College Ave., Normal

8/30/2012, 9:30 am- 3:00 pm, McLean County Sherriff Department, Law and Justice Center, 104 W Front Street, Bloomington


“The Badges for Life Campaign is an opportunity for the Bloomington-Normal community to join forces with our local heroes to make a difference,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the American Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. The Red Cross is so appreciative of our men and women in uniform for helping ensure that every patient has the blood they need – no matter when or where it is needed.”

Donors of all blood types are needed, but eligible donors with blood type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative are especially encouraged to give at this time. Anyone who gave blood at the start of summer may be eligible to donate again as summer comes to an end.

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 permission in some states), 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 more than 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 join our blog at