Partner with local heroes by donating blood at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

April 10, 2014

PEKIN, Ill. (April 10, 2014) — The public depends on the generous service of first responders who dedicate their lives to helping others in times of emergency. But even the most courageous heroes need partners to help save lives.

On April 16, the Pekin Police Department, Pekin Fire Department and the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department will face off to see which department can recruit the most blood donors for the sixth annual American Red Cross Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

“As first responders, it’s important we do all we can to help the Red Cross maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in our local communities,” said Kurt Nelson, fire chief of the City of Pekin Fire Department. “But we certainly can’t do it alone and encourage central Illinois residents to donate blood during the Battle of the Badges.”

Sixth annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

April 16 from 7-11 a.m. & 1-5 p.m. at Pekin City Offices, 111 S. Capitol St. in Pekin, Ill.

Not all heroes wear badges. The Red Cross encourages area residents to partner with their local heroes by rolling up a sleeve and donating blood on April 16.

Donors of all blood types are needed this spring, especially those with O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative, to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for 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), 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.