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Support Local Heroes at the 18th Annual Wichita/Sedgwick County Battle of the Badges Community Blood Drive

Contact: Jennifer Keller, American Red Cross |

Dedicated men and women in uniform dutifully serve the public every day by responding to local emergencies and keeping the streets safe. Now, they are joining together to help save lives in one more way.

It is time for the American Red Cross’ 18th Annual Wichita/Sedgwick County Battle of the Badges Community Blood Drive. Local law enforcement will once again “battle” with local firefighters to see who can bring in the most donors. Law enforcement won the battle last year, but the firefighters are still ahead with nine wins to law enforcement’s eight wins.

“The battle isn’t just for these civil servants. Anyone can get involved in the fun this year and increase the amount of blood donated during the holidays,” said Terri Dunaway, CEO, Central Plains Blood Services Region. “Through this annual event, the Wichita community can help maintain a steady blood supply for hospital patients throughout Kansas and across the country.”

18th Annual Wichita/Sedgwick County
Battle of the Badges Community Blood Drive

Thursday, Dec. 13 to Monday, Jan. 1
Wichita Blood Donor Center
707 N. Main, Wichita, Kan.

Or, give with the firefighters at one of these drives:

Wichita Fire Station 6
Dec. 28 from 3 to 7 p.m.
1010 N. 143rd St., Wichita, Kan.

Wichita Fire Station 21
Dec. 28 from 3 to 7 p.m.
2110 N. 135th St. West, Wichita, Kan.

All presenting donors will receive a 2012 Battle of the Badges T-shirt, be able to vote for their favorite team (law or fire) and be entered to win a recliner from Ashley Furniture or an item from Mike Seltzer Jewelers. When the competition is over, the Battle of the Badges winner receives bragging rights and a trophy. But the real winners are hospital patients in need of blood.

Anyone can become a hero during Battle of the Badges.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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.

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 or join our blog at

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