Sumter First Responders Sponsor Inaugural “Battle of the Badges” Blood Drive

October 8, 2012

CONTACT: Jessica Garrett, 803-622-3857,


Sumter, S.C., Oct. 8, 2012—The Sumter Police Dept., Sumter Fire Dept., Sumter County EMS, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, and Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center are teaming up to sponsor the inaugural Battle of the Badges blood drive competition to see which team can donate the most blood.


But, you don’t have to wear a badge to be a hero! The Red Cross invites friends and family of the first responders along with area residents to join in the friendly competition by giving blood and voting for their favorite team during the Battle of the Badges blood drive.


Two opportunities to donate blood and cast your vote:


Battle of the Badges Donor Week

Sumter Donation Center, 1155 N. Guignard Dr.

Monday, Oct. 29-Friday, Nov. 2

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: Noon-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Friday: 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Call 803-775-2364 or visit to schedule an appointment.


Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Sumter County Library, 111 N. Harvin St.

Friday, Nov. 2

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Call Joey Duggan at 803-436-2721 or visit and enter sponsor code BattleBadgesSumter to schedule an appointment.


All presenting donors will receive a Battle of the Badges T-shirt and will automatically be entered in a drawing for the chance to win a $1,000 gift card through the Red Cross “Give Something That Means Something” promotion.


For every unit of blood collected, the Red Cross will tally one vote for the Sumter Police Dept., Sumter Fire Dept., Sumter County EMS, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, or Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center based on the donors’ choice. At the end of the drive, the Red Cross will announce the department with the most votes and honor the winner with a commemorative plaque. 


Thousands of blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, and children with blood disorders. Through your support of the Battle of the Badges blood drive, these patients and others whose lives may be touched by your generosity will be forever grateful.


The Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in more than 54 hospitals. Approximately 500 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demands.


Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people who are 17 years of age (or 16 with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood to the Red Cross. Donors who are 18 years and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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