Community invited to give blood to support their team of first responders on Feb. 24
Asheville’s first responders are facing off for a lifesaving cause. Local heroes are rolling up their sleeves—and encouraging the community to do the same—as they vie for the most pints donated at the annual Battle of the Badges blood drive. The event takes place Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St., in Asheville.
The blood drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. Winter weather can lead to canceled blood drives, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can cause some donors to become temporarily ineligible to donate. Despite these challenges, patients still depend on lifesaving donations every day.
That’s where Asheville’s first responders come in. The Asheville Fire Department, Asheville Police Department, Buncombe County Emergency Medical Service, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Highway Patrol will go head-to-head to encourage blood donations for their team. Donors at the blood drive will vote for their favorite team before they donate, and the winner is announced at the end of the drive.
Last year, Buncombe County EMS earned bragging rights with 35 pints collected. Overall, 130 pints were collected.
“First responders know firsthand how critical it is to have blood readily available in emergencies,” said Ryan Corcoran, donor recruitment director for the Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Through the blood drive, local heroes and their fans can help ensure blood is on the shelves before it is needed.”
All presenting donors at the blood drive will receive a T-shirt and local refreshments, courtesy of area restaurants.
To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: avlbattleofbadges or use the Blood Donor App.