ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — First responders in Atlantic City will be competing in a friendly competition to see who can recruit the most eligible blood donors on Wednesday, September 18 during a Battle of the Badges blood drive rematch.
The Atlantic City Police Department and Fire Department are asking community members to roll up their sleeves to donate for “team police” or “team fire” from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Atlantic City Moose Lodge No. 216, 3900 West End Avenue in Atlantic City.
“Atlantic City Police and Fire personnel know, firsthand, how important it is to have blood readily available for emergencies,” Rosie Taravella, CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region said. “When an emergency occurs, it’s the blood already on the shelves that can help save lives.”
Appointments are preferred but walk-in donations can be accommodated as time and space allow. To schedule an appointment, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code battle of badges or call 1-800-REDCROSS.
The Police Department is looking to defend its title after winning the last two years, the Fire Department won the inaugural event in 2016.
To date, the Battle of the Badges has collected 163 pints of blood in the past three years, potentially helping close to 500 patients.
Battle of the Badges is a friendly competition that helps the Red Cross meet patient and hospital demand for blood. September is National Preparedness Month—an ideal time to remind donors about the importance of having blood on the shelves before it is needed.