'Badges of Life' campaign encourages residents to make a difference

By WEEK Producer

'Badges of Life' campaign encourages residents to make a difference

August 24, 2012 Updated Aug 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Everyday, dedicated men and women in uniform put their lives on the line to serve the public.  But, as summer draws to an end, these local heroes are joining together to save lives in more than one way.

On August 27, these local heroes will be participating in the 14th annual Bloomington-Normal Badges for Life Blood Donation Campaign for the American Red Cross.  The event also invites the public to team up with local law enforcement officers and first responders to help save lives by donating blood.
“The Badges for Life Campaign is an opportunity for the Bloomington-Normal community to join forces with our local heroes to make a difference,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the American Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. The Red Cross is so appreciative of our men and women in uniform for helping ensure that every patient has the blood they need – no matter when or where it is needed.”
Since the campaign launched 13 years ago, generous volunteer donors have given over 2,700 pints of lifesaving blood.
Red Cross says all presenting donors will receive a Red Cross t-shirt and pizza from Monical's.
Blood Donation Schedule
8/27/2012, 2:30 pm- 6:30 pm Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1 Westport Ct., Bloomington
8/28/2012, 8:00 am-12:00 pm and 3:00 pm-6:00 pm, Bloomington Police Department, 305 South East Street, Bloomington
8/28/2012, 1:30 pm- 5:30 pm Bloomington Fire Department Station 2, 1911 Hamilton Road, Bloomington
8/29/2012, 8:00 am- 1:00 pm Normal Police Department, 100 East Phoenix, Normal
8/29/2012, 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm Normal Fire Department, 1300 E College Ave., Normal
8/30/2012, 9:30 am- 3:00 pm, McLean County Sheriff Department, Law and Justice Center, 104 W Front Street, Bloomington

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 permission 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. 

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