Greenwich, Conn.: Local fire, law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel are teaming up with the American Red Cross for the annual Greenwich Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. Battle of the Badges is a friendly competition to encourage community members to join their local first responders and perform their own heroic act with a blood donation.
Individuals can join the Battle of the Badges blood drive by donating on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Greenwich Police Department, Public Safety Complex, 11 Bruce Place, Greenwich, Conn.
“EMS, fire and law enforcement know firsthand how important it is to have blood readily available for emergencies. This time of year, as many give thanks for family, friends and good health, it’s important to remember that patients across the country cannot survive without the generous donations of lifesaving blood. By hosting this blood drive, our first responders are helping ensure that blood is on the shelves before it is needed,” said Stephanie Dunn Ashley, CEO, American Red Cross Metro New York North.
Because of the busy holidays and cold and flu season, winter is traditionally hard on the nation’s blood supply. Add in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and healthy blood donors can play a big part in ensuring lifesaving treatments are available for patients throughout the winter months.
To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
Completion of a RapidPass® online health history questionnaire is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Desiree Ramos Reiner