Santa Cruz 'Battle of the Badges' Nets Nearly 50 Pints of Blood

May 8, 2013

They help to save lives every day when they go to work. And that doesn’t stop when they punch out at the end of their shifts.

The second annual Battle of Badges Blood Drive, which pitted the Santa Cruz Police and Fire Departments in a friendly competition to give blood and recruit other donors, ended in a split decision and the American Red Cross honored both groups for their efforts to support the community blood supply.

The Santa Cruz Police Department took home the prize for recruiting the most donors for the blood drive and the Fire Department earned the award for having the most members donate blood at the event. In total, 49 pints of blood were collected at the drive.

“In the end, it’s all about helping those in need,” said Patti Childress, account manager at the American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region. “A lot of hard work and dedication goes into sponsoring a blood drive like this and it’s appropriate that the Red Cross was able to recognize both departments for their efforts. We look forward to working with them again next year.”

Blood drives are held year-round throughout Santa Cruz County. For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). You can also search for a blood drive by zip code online.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

About the American Red Cross:

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