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"Battle of the Badges" blood drive happening Friday

Posted at 6:44 AM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 08:44:12-05

BOISE, Idaho — Ada County Paramedics will pit themselves against the Boise Fire Department, Boise Police Department, Boise County Sheriff and Idaho National Guard in a friendly “Battle of the Badges Blood Drive” Friday December 20 from 10 am - 5 pm and Saturday December 21 from 9 am -8 pm at the Boise Towne Square Mall’s front entrance.

Ada County Paramedics Public Information Officer, Hadley Mayes said first responders see the need for the life-saving liquid first hand, nearly every day.

“We respond to patients within the 911 system who are alive today because of blood donations,” Mayes said. “The need is always there and blood shortages can quite literally mean lives lost.”

One blood donation, which can benefit multiple recipients, not only helps trauma and burn patients, but it can help those with Cancer, Sickle Cell and many other chronic diseases.

Mayes said her agency hopes the many holiday shoppers at the Boise Towne Square will stop by and donate on the 20th and 21st.

“We’re inviting the public to donate on behalf of any of the 4 participating agencies of their choice,” Mayes said. “Whichever agency has the most pints donated at the end of the drive will be the reigning first responder champ.”

The public can make an appointment in advance by visiting http://rcblood.org/2RHjuMx or they can drop in the day of the event.

“I know this sounds cheesy, but win or lose, the real prize here is saving lives. We want to make an impact in our community and donating blood is a great way to do that."