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Emporia Battle of the Badges Blood Drive set for next week

Aug 14, 2023

Fire and EMS came in second place, after winning the Battle of the Badges last year.

Special to The Gazette

The American Red Cross, Emporia Fire, Emporia Police, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and Lyon County Emergency Communications Center invite you to be a hero by donating at the annual Emporia Battle of the Badges Blood Drive.

When you donate, vote for your favorite agency to win bragging rights in this friendly competition to recruit the most blood donors. After a summer of declining donations, the American Red Cross needs the public’s help to prevent a blood shortage. Donors can help ensure trauma patients, those undergoing cancer treatment and people with lifelong blood disorders can get the blood they count on.

“New donors, those who haven’t given recently and regular donors are urged to give now to help ensure blood donations are available all summer long – one of the most difficult times to collect enough blood to meet patient needs,” said Susan Faler, Account Manager for the American Red Cross Central Plains Blood Services Region.

All donors receive a Battle of the Badges T-shirt and will be entered into a drawing for gift cards or merchandise from several Emporia businesses.

The Red Cross is teaming up with Warner Bros. for the theatrical release of Meg 2: The Trench to celebrate a summer of sharks and help stave off a summer blood and platelet shortage. All who come to give through Aug. 12 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a three-night New York getaway for two with a private shark dive adventure at Long Island Aquarium. Those who come to give throughout the month of August will also get a $10 e-gift card to a movie merchant of their choice. Details are available at

How to donate blood To make an appointment, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. (Use sponsor code EMPORIA to find this drive.) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

WHEN Aug. 9, 12–6 p.m. Aug. 10, 12–6 p.m. Aug. 11, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. WHERE Twelfth Avenue Baptist Church 2023 W. 12th Ave. Emporia, KS


Aug. 9, 12–6 p.m.

Aug. 10, 12–6 p.m.

Aug. 11, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.


Twelfth Avenue Baptist Church

2023 W. 12th Ave.

Emporia, KS

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