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Red Cross to host Second Annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

CAMARILLO, January 6, 2013 — The American Red Cross has joined forces with Law Enforcement, Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services throughout Ventura County to participate in the Second Annual Ventura County Battle of the Badges Blood Drive.

The Battle of the Badges is an opportunity for all badge carrying personnel, along with their family and friends, and the public, to positively impact our community by participating in a friendly competition to see who can donate the most blood and save the most lives. Members of the public are welcome to join in the fun and will have the opportunity to choose which team their blood donation benefits.

Two locations will be set up for the blood drive:

American Red Cross Office - 836 Calle Plano, Camarillo, CA 93012

  • Tuesday, January 21 from Noon – 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, January 22 from Noon – 6:00 pm
  • Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association - 981 South Victoria, Ventura, CA 93003

  • Tuesday, January 21 from11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • “We are so proud of all our first responders for coming together and supporting this fun, and lifesaving challenge,” said Jim McGee, CEO for the Red Cross, serving Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. “The need for blood is great and constant, and at the end of the day, our community is the ultimate winner of the Battle.”

    Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and one blood donation can save up to three lives.

    To make an appointment to give blood, visit and enter the sponsor code of “badge”. For more information, please contact Mike McAdam at 805-207-6570.

    About the American Red Cross Ventura County:

    The American Red Cross of Ventura County is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Ventura County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at or call us at 805-987-1514.