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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Support local heroes at Battle of Badges blood drive

  • 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 forces to help save lives in a different way.
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  • 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 forces to help save lives in a different way.
    The McPherson fire and police departments will “battle” during the McPherson Battle of the Badges community blood drive Thursday and Friday. Community members who donate blood can vote for their favorite agency. The winning agency gets bragging rights for the year.
    The American Red Cross hopes to collect 150 pints of blood at this year’s event. Because each pint can help save up to three lives, 450 patients could benefit.
    With the arrival of Labor Day and the unofficial end to summer, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to roll up a sleeve and give blood or platelets to help ensure sufficient supplies over the holiday weekend.
    Those who present to donate between Monday and Sept. 9 could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards, and all donors will walk away with the instant gratification that they may be helping to save more than one life.
    McPherson Battle of the Badges blood drive will take place from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 N. Elm
    Blood is a perishable product. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must be replenished constantly.
    How to donate blood
    Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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, visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodCP.

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