Support Local Heroes During Battle of the Badges by Donating at Special American Red Cross Blood Drives

April 21, 2011

PEKIN, Ill. (April 18, 2011) – In Pekin, men and women in uniform help save lives every day, but this month they are joining forces to save lives in one more way. On Wednesday, April 27, the Pekin Police and Fire Departments as well as the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department will battle it out to recruit the most blood donors during an American Red Cross Battle of the Badges competition. 

Battle of the Badges at Pekin City Offices

Wednesday, April 27 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

City Council Chambers at 111 South Capitol Street

“During this friendly competition, these first responders will recruit blood donors from their ranks, families and neighborhoods as well as enlist the community to donate on behalf of their department,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO for the Heart of America Red Cross Blood Services Region. “At the end of the competition, the department that had the most donors present on its behalf wins bragging rights in the community.”

Present to donate and have your donation count towards either the Police Department or Fire Department or the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department.

You don’t have to have a badge to be a hero. A single blood donation can help save lives. The Red Cross invites area residents to join the heroes of the Pekin Fire and Police Departments and Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department to make a difference in the lives of others. If you have never donated before, schedule your first blood donation appointment during the Battle of the Badges competition.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (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

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.