Abilene’s first responders spend their days helping others. With saving lives their top priority, these first responders are also helping to bolster the community’s blood supply this summer. Join Abilene’s first responders and be a lifesaver at the American Red Cross Battle of the Badges Blood Drive.

Abilene’s first responders will be competing in the American Red Cross’s Battle of the Badges to bolster the community’s blood supply this summer.

The battle blood drive is from noon to 6 p.m., July 15, at St. Andrews Parish Hall, 311 S. Buckeye.

During the battle blood drive, the Abilene Fire Department and the Abilene Police Department will compete to see who can recruit the most blood donors. Everyone who comes to give can cast a vote to determine who will win this year’s bragging rights.

The Abilene Battle of the Badges Blood Drive comes at a time when the Red Cross needs help ensuring blood is never missing from hospital shelves. Despite blood’s lifesaving role, only 3 out of 100 people in the U.S. give blood each year.

“We are so indebted to our community’s first responders for their commitment to helping with blood collection during the summer months, “said Teri Novotny, account manager, Red Cross Central Plains Blood Services Region. “The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive is an important way for area residents to support these local heroes and help save a life by giving blood.”

Make an appointment to give blood at the Abilene Battle of the Badges Blood Drive by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use sponsor code AbileneKS.

Contact Tim Horan at editor@abilene-rc.com.

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