‘Battle of Badges’ boosts Red Cross

The Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region will be conducting its first-ever Battle of the Badges blood drive in Oregon and Washington. Multiple organizations within the police and fire departments will be participating by hosting blood drives and recruiting blood donors.

The campaign is officially under way and will be running until Feb. 16.

The Battle of the Badges is a widely acclaimed blood drive competition between law enforcement and public safety agencies. The goal is to see which agency, together with friends and family, can donate the most blood.

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. These generous public service agents are involved in a healthy competition where everyone involved wins.

The Battle of the Badges has been a success for seven years in the Southern California Red Cross Region, with more than 150 separate drives occurring within the region during the one-month span.

The Pacific Northwest Red Cross will be looking forward to making its first Battle of the Badges a success.

Agencies can participate either by donating blood at any American Red Cross blood drive between Jan. 16 and Feb. 16, or sponsoring a blood drive.

Red Cross officials said “This life-saving effort can substantially improve the availability of blood for accident victims, cancer patients, premature babies, burn patients, or those who may need regular blood transfusions in order to live.”

Typically, blood donations decline in the weeks after the New Year. Therefore, our badge-carrying heroes are stepping forward to help fill the constant need for healthy blood donors, hoping to inspire other to do the same.

To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800 REDCROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org. Agencies needing more information about participating in the Battle of the Badges competition, contact Tim Lippert at 503-528-5574 or Tim.Lippert@

redcross.org.

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