Men and women in uniform will do battle in September to help save lives in one more way.
On Sept. 11, the anniversary of the terrorist attacks, North Platte-area law enforcement and fire and rescue departments will compete to see which team can recruit the most donors during the third annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drives.
The battle will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Quality Inn & Suites/Sandhills Convention Center, 2102 S. Jeffers St. in North Platte.
All donors will receive a Red Cross tee-shirt.
North Platte residents are invited to join the fire department, North the police department, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol and donate.
Walk-ins are welcome, but donors are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or obtain information.
“The Battle of the Badges Blood Drives are an opportunity for our local heroes to engage in a fun competition for bragging rights, all the while helping save lives,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the American Red Cross Midwest Blood Services Region. “With this special blood drive occurring on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it is also an opportunity for the North Platte community to unite and give to remember the victims, honor the brave first responders and rekindle the spirit of service to others.”
How to donate
All blood types are needed. 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 permission), 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.