Hosted locally by American Medical Response, the Battle of the Badges blood drive takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the AMR office at 1055 West Avenue J in Lancaster.
“Giving blood is a priceless gift,” said Chana T. Alexander of American Medical Response. “This is a way to start off the year and give a gift of life to someone in need.”
The annual Battle of Badges blood drive is an opportunity for law enforcement, fire departments and emergency medical services to positively impact the community by participating in a friendly competition to see who can donate the most blood. The Battle of the Badges began in 2007 in Southern California. The initiative is now the nation’s largest and most successful law-enforcement blood drive.
This year, state, county and federal badge-carrying agencies will go head-to-head to see which can donate the most pints of blood through the American Red Cross.
While this initiative is themed and geared specifically toward the law enforcement community, the general public is strongly encouraged to participate.
Blood donations dramatically decline during the holiday season, when schools are on break and many people go on vacation. The life-saving blood collected through Battle of the Badges helps alleviate the strain on the depleted blood reserves and highlights local law enforcement for going beyond the call of duty.
To make an appointment for Monday’s Battle of the Badges blood drive, call Chana Alexander at 661-400-9637.