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Fourth annual ‘Heroes Behind the Badge’ blood drive is Monday

By Staff | Jul 8, 2010

Emmet County Sheriff and Estherville Fire departments will be competing to see who can recruit the most blood donors for the community’s blood supply in the 4th annual “Heroes Behind the Badges” blood drive.

The “friendly competition” between the departments will be held at Avera Holy Family Health on Monday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. Community Blood Bank’s bloodmobile will be taking the donations.

The public is encouraged to donate and designate their donation to the department of choice. All donors will receive a special commemorative T-shirt and the satisfaction of knowing you helped save a life this summer. The department credited with the most blood donations will receive a trophy and bragging rights for a year.

This blood drive comes at a time when the blood supply is at its lowest. Blood usage has increased in recent weeks by 30 percent, placing a heavy burden on the blood supply. All residents are encouraged to donate blood. All blood types are in immediate need.

“Community support is vital to the local blood supply. It is important to know the blood that is donated with Community Blood Bank is from your friends and neighbors in this region,” said Ken Versteeg, executive director, Community Blood Bank. “We are grateful for the opportunity to serve Estherville area patients and encourage the community to help us by donating on the bloodmobile when it visits Estherville on Monday, July 12.”

Donors must be 17 years of age or older (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health the day of the blood drive. Please bring an ID. It is recommended to eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating blood. For more information or to make an appointment please call 362-6456. Walk-ins are welcome.