American Red Cross to host Carlyle Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

November 5, 2012

Four area departments participating


CARLYLE, Ill. (Nov. 5, 2012) – The American Red Cross is partnering with four Carlyle-area emergency response departments for the Carlyle Battle of the Badges Blood Drive on Nov. 20, 2012.


The friendly competition will be on Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1471 Fairfax Road, Carlyle, Ill. Taking part will be the Carlyle Police Department, Carlyle Fire Protection District, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department and MedStar Ambulance.


EMS personnel, firefighters and law enforcement officers give time to the community, give a sense of security to residents, and often give blood, too. As local heroes to many, their courage in the face of adversity bolsters people in need.


The Carlyle Battle of the Badges Blood Drive isn’t just for emergency responders. Anyone can get involved by donating blood and voting for a favorite team. When the contest is over, the Carlyle Battle of the Badges winner gets bragging rights, while hospital patients throughout the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region will receive the potentially lifesaving blood they need to survive.


Anyone can become a hero during this year’s Battle.  This is your chance. Give blood.

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 join our blog at