Donate blood at Worcester’s third annual Battle of the Badges
Worcester fire and police compete to increase blood donations
After two successful years of hosting Battle of the Badges, local police officers and firefighters are teaming with the American Red Cross once again for Worcester’s third annual Battle of the Badges blood drive to see who can recruit the most eligible donors in their community to donate blood.
Members of the public can join the Battle of the Badges blood drive by donating on Thursday, August 29th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DCU Center. Each donor gets one vote for Worcester Fire or Worcester Police. In addition to bragging rights, the winning badge will take home a trophy and $1,500 for the charity of their choice, courtesy of the Worcester Railers HC.
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. All presenting donors during the blood drive will get to cast a vote to help decide the winner. All donors will also receive a free ticket to the Big E and the first 250 donors will receive two ticket vouchers to a Paw Sox game, valid for remaining home games including playoffs.
“This friendly competition between the police and fire departments help the Red Cross to maintain an adequate and high quality blood supply to treat trauma victims, to enable surgeries to take place, to treat Cancer sufferers, and for a host of other medical uses.” Stated Deputy Chief, Edward McGinn of the Worcester Police “Sadly, police officers and firefighters know all too well that when a shooting, stabbing, trauma or motor vehicle crash victim reach the hospital in bad shape, it is blood that the most need. “
All those who present to donate during Battle of the Badges will receive free parking at the Major Taylor Garage and a free hot dog or veggie wrap from SAVOR… food service at the DCU Center. To make an appointment for Battle of the Badges, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
*Prizes are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.
How to donate blood:
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 visit us on twitter @redcross.
Entrance to the event through Door 1 on Major Taylor Blvd.