American Red Cross Calls On Bay Area Police Officers, Firefighters

March 23, 2010

The American Red Cross has invited 132 police and fire departments throughout the greater Bay Area to participate in its first “Badge Month” blood drive campaign.

Badge Month is being held in honor of the men and women of law enforcement and fire protection agencies who have died while serving the Bay Area.  The campaign is being held in March to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the four Oakland Police officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2009.

The blood drive will take place from March 1 to March 31 in the Red Cross’ five donor centers – Oakland, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, Newark and San Jose.   

In Northern California, the demand for blood is far greater than the supply collected locally.  Blood must be imported from other Red Cross regions in order to fill the need in the Bay Area.  As a result, the Red Cross is reaching out to federal, state, county and local agencies to join together and be proactive in our efforts to maintain Northern California’s blood supply. 

Everyday, law enforcement officers and firefighters inspire their communities by putting their lives on the line to protect and serve.  Participation in this campaign gives them another opportunity to demonstrate their unwavering commitment to the Bay Area.  The public is also encouraged to participate.

More information about Red Cross donor centers, including locations and hours of operation, is available.  Appointments to donate blood for the campaign can be made by entering the sponsor code "HeroesMonth".

For more information about Badge Month and how to participate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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