Red Cross Battle of the Badges Begins in Glen Carbon

September 1, 2011

Do you have the courage to donate blood?


It is time for the American Red Cross’ Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. This means law enforcement from Glen Carbon, Maryville, Edwardsville, and Troy are invited to “battle” with firefighters and EMS officials from those areas to see who can give the most blood.


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


But the Battle isn’t just for police officers and firefighters; anyone can get involved in the fun by donating blood and voting for a favorite team. But choose your vote carefully, it might just come up the next time you’re trying to get out of that speeding ticket or when you need to get your cat out of your neighbor’s tree!


Join the Battle of the Badges and donate at the Glen Carbon Fire Department building at 430 Glen Carbon Road on Sunday, September 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Visitors will not only have the chance to give blood, but can also participate in fire safety and car seat safety activities and tour fire trucks.


When this contest is over, the Battle of the Badges winner gets bragging rights and a big trophy. But most importantly, hospital patients throughout the local area are also winners because they get the life-saving blood they may need to survive.


Anyone can become a hero during Battle of the Badges.  This is your chance.  Give blood.


How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit to make an appointment today. Walk-ins are also welcome at this drive. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with a completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.