Blood drive this Friday.

Dedicated men and women in uniform dutifully serve the public every day by responding to local emergencies and keeping the streets safe. Now, they are joining together to help save lives in one more way.

It is time for the American Red Cross' Wellington Battle of the Badges Community Blood Drive. Local law enforcement officers and firefighters will "battle" to see which group can bring in the most donors.

"The battle isn't just for these civil servants. Anyone can get involved in the fun this year and increase the amount of blood donated around the holidays," said Terri Dunaway, CEO, Central Plains Blood Services Region. "This drive is important because it helps us maintain a steady blood supply for hospital patients throughout Kansas and across the country."

Wellington Battle of the Badges
Community Blood Drive
Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Hall, 201 E. Harvey, Wellington, Kan.

All presenting donors will receive a Battle of the Badges T-shirt, while supplies last, will have a chance to win one of four, $25 Visa gift cards, and may vote for their favorite civil servant. When the competition is over, the Battle of the Badges winner receives bragging rights and a trophy. But the real winners are hospital patients.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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