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Battle of the Badges blood drive heads to Mt. Juliet on Wednesday

Staff Reports • May 24, 2016 at 1:50 PM

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan encouraged anyone who can to sign up to donate blood in the Battle of the Badges blood drive, an event that benefits Wilson County in a friendly competition between local law enforcement versus firefighters and Wilson Emergency Management Agency personnel.

“We’re down to the wire now, and we want to win it this time,” said Sheriff Robert Bryan of the 2016 competition for bragging rights. “This year is going to be Wilson County law enforcement’s year to win.”

 Anyone who wants to participate in the Mt. Juliet location should sign up as soon as possible for an appointment through the Red Cross by visiting the website at redcross.org and enter the sponsor code, WilsonBattle.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday from 1-6 p.m. at the Mt. Juliet Community Center meeting room.

To save more time, complete an online pre-donation and health history questionnaire on the day of the appointment. Up to 15 minutes can be saved and skip the waiting time. To learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

Wilson County firefighters and WEMA won the first round of the Battle of the Badges, collecting two more pints than law enforcement during the first event May 18 at the Jimmy Floyd Family Center.

 American Red Cross officials said the need for donations becomes even greater just before the busy summer vacation season begins when many regular donors may delay or skip donations because of other summer activities.

“As summer approaches, the American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to give blood and help ensure a sufficient supply,” said American Red Cross account manager Brett Crystal. “Every day, the Red Cross must collect 14,000 blood donations to help meet the needs of patients across the country. Your donation may help accident victims, organ transplant patients and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.”

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