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Worcester’s Battle of the Badges


Olivia Pellegrini

Local police officers and firefighters in Worcester are teaming up with the American Red Cross to organize the city’s first blood drive, Battle of the Badges.

As the name entails, members of the public will donate at the DCU Center this August with the hopes of recruiting the most eligible blood donors in their community, in the form of friendly competition.

The Worcester Fire Department and the Worcester Police Department encourage locals to donate on Friday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., receiving a vote for either Worcester Fire or Worcester Police. After the fact, the Worcester Railers HC offers a sponsored $1,500 prize and trophy named towards the charity of their choice. Presenting donors also receive a free Big E ticket, nontransferable, and a voucher for one ticket to Disney on Ice’s Dare to Dream. Dare to Dream takes place at the DCU from October 27 to 29 this fall.

Kelly Isenor, representative for the Massachusetts Blood Services Region, highlighted the importance of the drive. The communications manager put forth that firefighters and police officers “know firsthand how important it is to have blood readily available for emergencies.”

“By hosting this blood drive,” he continued, “they are helping ensure that blood is on the shelves before it is needed.” Additionally, perks include free parking for any at the Major Taylor Garage and a free veggie wrap or hot dog from SAVOR food service at the DCU. 

In order to make an appointment for Battle of the Badges, simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit Red Cross online, or call in at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). All blood types are acceptable, appreciated, and accounted for, and bring a donor card, driver’s license, or other form of ID as well. Those at least 17 years of age, 110 pounds and relatively good health are eligible to take part, donate and potentially win a prize!

Donors can now register with a health history questionnaire through RapidPass, and support community health with causes both local and humanitarian. Follow American Red Cross on Twitter for timely updates @RedCross.

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