Lee’s Summit Police and Fire Departments Battle for Blood Donations
Lee’s Summit Police and Fire Departments are joining forces with the Community Blood Center for the second annual ‘Battle for Blood’ competition on Monday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public safety agencies will be competing to see who can collect the most blood donations and claim bragging rights for the next year. The event will be held at City Hall, 220 SE Green St., on the second floor in the Howard Conference Room.
The public is invited to join the competition by donating and voting for their favorite agency. The ‘Battle for Blood’ began last year as a friendly competition between the Police and Fire Departments to increase awareness of blood donations. The first match up resulted in bragging rights going to the Police Department.
“As first responders, we see firsthand the need for blood donations during crisis events,” Police Chief Forbes said. “We are partnering with our brothers and sisters in the Fire Department to bring in donors on May 7 and regardless of which department wins, the real winners will be the people whose lives are touched by a lifesaving blood donation.”
All blood donations will be used to supply local hospitals, including those in Lee’s Summit, to help save lives. “You don’t have to be in a police car, a fire truck, or an ambulance to save a life. Be a hero and take the time to donate blood. The life you save may be your own or someone you love," said Fire Chief Poeschl.
The Lee’s Summit community has an impressive record of blood donations. Since the City began holding blood drives, donations collected have impacted over 3,800 lives.
The goal set for the ‘Battle for Blood’ drive is 60 units of blood and the public is encouraged to participate. Visit www.esavealifenow.org and enter the sponsor code “cityleessummit” to sign up. Walk-in donors are permitted but it is preferred that donors sign up in advance to prevent long waits.
The requirements to donate blood are few. Donors must be in good health, weigh a minimum of 115 pounds and be at least 17 years of age (16 yrs. with parental consent). It is also important to drink plenty of fluids and eat a good meal prior to a blood donation.
For more information visit the Community Blood Center’s website savealifenow.org.