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Battle of the Badges Blood Drive set for Goodland

andy lambertOctober 15, 2012

3rd Annual Battle of the Badges

 Goodland Community Blood Drive

November 15, 2012

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

  • What is the Battle?

The Battleof the Badges is a community wide blood drive where law enforcement competes with the fire department and EMSto see who can bring in the most blood donors.

  • Do you have to be with fire or law enforcement to participate?

This is a fun event for everyone in our community. The idea is to increase the amount of blood donated and awareness of the need for blood. Anyone can participate, and vote for their favorite civil servant.  

  • What is your goal this year?

We hope to collect 80 pints of whole blood. 

  • What does the winner get?

The winner gets bragging rights for a year and a traveling trophy. But it doesn’t matter who wins, LAW. EMS or FIRE, because hospital patients throughout Kansasare the real winners.

  • How many years has this been going on?

This is the 3rd year for Battleof the Badges in the Goodland Community. To date FIRE has won in 2010 and EMS in 2011. 

  • Do you have any incentives for donors this year?  

Everyone who presents to donate this year gets a great looking Battle of the Badges T-shirt. Donors also get to vote for their favorite civil servant, LAW, EMS or FIRE.

  • When and where can I donate?

People can donate at Harvest Evangelical Free Church, 521 E. Hwy 24 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  It is best to schedule an appointment but walk-ins are always welcome.  Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment.

  • I don’t know if I can donate, what are the requirements?

A person has to feel good on the day of donation, be age 17, 16 with Parental Consent, and meet certain weight requirements. If you have questions about donating blood or would like to make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go to www.redcrossblood.org.

Blood Facts

  • About 44,000 blood donations are needed every day in United States.
  • About 500 blood donations and 40 platelet donations are needed each day in Kansasto keep up with hospital needs.
  • Blood products are needed by cancer and leukemia patients, people with blood disorders, premature babies, transplant recipients, trauma victims, and more.
  • In the Central Plains Region, the Red Cross provides more than 115,000 pints of blood to more than 100 hospitals inKansasandNorthern Oklahomaeach year.
  • Blood donations can dip during the summer months and around holidays, but the need for blood is constant.
  • It’s the blood on the shelves today that helps save lives tomorrow. 
  • Every two seconds, someone in the United Statesneeds blood. A single donation can help save more than one life.

Contact Information

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment.

Eligibility Information

Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 inKansaswith completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger.

A blood donor card or a driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check in. Donors may give whole blood up to six times per year or every or every 56 days; double red cells every 112 days or up to three times per year; and platelets every seven days or up to 24 times a year.

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