Monday, June 20, 2011

Support police and save lives

The 16th Annual Battle for Blood begins today, and we need your support to get the trophy back! The battle runs from June 20-25 at all Community Blood Center locations. We're also hosting drives at Headquarters tomorrow and the Police Academy on Friday so our employees can help with the effort.

The Battle for Blood pits Kansas City metro firefighters and EMS personnel against law enforcement to see who can donate the most blood. Law enforcement won in 2009 but lost to firefighters/EMS in 2010. We need the trophy back! Anyone can donate this week and indicate they're doing so on behalf of police (or fire/EMS).

The Battle for Blood meets a critical need for blood donation in the Kansas City area. Supplies are typically quite low in the summer with lots of regular donors on vacation and no blood drives in high schools, which are out of session. The Community Blood Center needs 580 units of blood every single day to meet the demand of area medical centers. The Battle for Blood helps do that. Sign up to donate at and check the daily progress at And most importantly, go out and donate blood this week and say you're doing it on behalf of police!

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