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Heroes Behind the Badges Community Blood Drive is Thursday

WORTHINGTON -- Join the Worthington Police Department, Nobles County Law Enforcement and Worthington Fire Department and EMS for a friendly competition to see who can recruit the most blood donors to boost the community blood supply during the 11...

WORTHINGTON - Join the Worthington Police Department, Nobles County Law Enforcement and Worthington Fire Department and EMS for a friendly competition to see who can recruit the most blood donors to boost the community blood supply during the 11th annual Heroes Behind the Badges blood drive.

 

The friendly competition between the departments will be from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday held at Sanford Worthington Medical Center. The public is encouraged to donate blood and designate their donation to the department of their choice.  

All donors will receive a T-shirt and a free lunch. The department credited with the most blood donations will receive a trophy and bragging rights for the year.

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“We welcome all blood types to donate the gift of life at this event. Currently we are in critically in need of A + and O+ blood types,” said Rita Nelson, donor recruitment supervisor for the Community Blood Bank. “In fact, we have seen a 20 percent increase in blood usage within the last week primarily due to emergency situations. This is a significant upswing in blood usage from the last month. The only way to make sure that blood is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week is through regular volunteer blood donation and support of your local hospital’s blood bank.”

 

Donors must be 17 years of age or older (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org ), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health the day of the blood drive. Please bring an ID. It is recommended to eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating blood. Community Blood Bank is  the sole blood provider for Sanford Worthington and 30 other local hospitals.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 372-3319. Walk-ins are welcome.

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