Partner with local first responders during the 15th Annual Bloomington-Normal Badges for Life Blood Donation Campaign

August 14, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (August 14, 2013) – Every day, the public relies on the courageous service of local first responders as they help during emergencies and keep dangerous criminals off the streets. But these heroes also look to the communities they serve for reliable partners in helping save lives.

Starting Aug. 26, law enforcement and fire departments in Bloomington-Normal will partner with the American Red Cross, WBNQ 101.5 FM, WJBC AM 1230 and FM 93.7, and B104 104.1 FM for the 15th Annual Badges for Life Blood Donation Campaign by recruiting eligible donors to roll up a sleeve and give.

But you don’t have to wear a badge to make a difference. The campaign also encourages Bloomington-Normal area residents to support their local heroes by donating at one of the blood donation opportunities listed below.

15th Annual Bloomington-Normal Badges for Life Blood Donation Campaign

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

Aug. 26 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at the Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1 Westport Ct. in Bloomington, Ill.

Aug. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon and 3-6 p.m. at the Bloomington Police Department, 305 South East St. in Bloomington, Ill.

Aug. 27 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at the Bloomington Fire Department Station 2, 1911 Hamilton Rd. in Bloomington, Ill.

Aug. 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Normal Police Department, 100 East Phoenix St. in Normal, Ill.

    Aug. 28 from 1-6 p.m. at the Normal Fire Department, 1300 E College Ave. in Normal, Ill.

Aug. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the McLean County Sherriff Department, Law and Justice Center, 104 W Front St. in Bloomington, Ill.

The Bloomington-Normal community has donated more than 3,100 pints of blood for hospital patients in need during the past 14 years of the campaign.

While thousands of people answered the call for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross earlier this summer, an urgent need remains for platelets and types O negative, A negative and B negative blood. The summer months can be especially difficult to collect enough blood and platelet donations to keep pace with patient needs.

As part of the Red Cross Summer of Stories blood donation campaign, all presenting donors at Red Cross blood drives between Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 will be automatically entered to win one of five $1,000 American Express gift card in honor of Labor Day. For more information, visit

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 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 @RedCross.