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Hero Central: Give the gift of life at 'Battle of the Badges'
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Thousands of hospital patients all over the country rely on complete strangers to help save their lives.

Volunteer blood donors help the American Red Cross supply around nine million transfusable blood products to patients at approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the United States.

Unfortunately, blood donations at the Red Cross have been down in the first five months of this year, compared to last year.

Blood types O-, O+, A-, and B- are needed immediately. 

And just in time, local fire and police departments are putting on 'Battle of the Badges' blood drive this Friday, June 22.

"This is a friendly competition between our first-responders, police and fire, EMS folks that give everyday to our community," says Alan Gibson with American Red Cross. "Now they're turning out to encourage you to donate blood because they see it first hand."

Everyone is asked to take a side when they donate blood, but it is all in good fun.

Battle of the Badges donation sites
Little Rock Police & Fire
Site: Junior League of Little Rock
401 South Scott St
Little Rock, AR 72201
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

North Little Rock Police Dept
Site: Patrick Henry Hays Senior Center
401 W. Pershing
North Little Rock, AR 72114
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pulaski County Sheriff
3201 W. Roosevelt Rd
Little Rock, AR 72205
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Searcy American Red Cross
Site: American Red Cross Blood Center
1120 South Main St
Searcy, AR 72143
Noon to 6 p.m.

You can make an appointment to give blood at one of the following Red Cross blood drives by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 

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