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'Badges of Life' Blood Drive Held Thursday

The annual “competition” between Public Safety Departments encourages donations for the American Red Cross.

Around Christmas for the past few years, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners has sponsored a blood drive in the Douglas County Courthouse for the American Red Cross. The “Badges of Life” Blood Drive is an effort by the Red Cross to honor the service of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, the Douglas County Fire/EMS Department, and the City of Douglasville Police Department, and bring in donors during a critical time period when blood supplies and donations are traditionally very low - donating a pint of blood is way down on the list of things for people to do during the holiday season.

The Badges of Life Blood Drive encourages Douglas County residents to donate blood in honor of the Public Safety Department of their choice, and a chart is kept of how many pints of blood are donated for each in this friendly competition. The “winning” department will receive an award from the Red Cross.

The Badges of Life Blood Drive will be held Thursday, Dec. 27, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Citizen’s Hall of the Douglas County Courthouse. Donors can make an appointment to donate blood by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or they may just walk in and donate.

Each pint of blood donated can help serve the needs and save the lives of up to three people.  It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the season of giving and honor those who serve us every day.

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, through its Department of Communications and Community Relations, hosts 14 blood drives each year - more than any other government or organization in the state of Georgia.

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