Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan has encouraged anyone who can to sign up to donate blood in the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, an upcoming event benefiting Wilson County in a friendly competition between Wilson County law enforcement and Wilson County fire and emergency management.
"We're down to the wire now, and we want to win it this time," Bryan said. "This event gives everyone a chance to step up and be a part of something that meets many peoples' needs who are currently fighting a battle and need our help."
Anyone who wishes to participate in the Lebanon and Mt. Juliet location should sign up as soon as possible for an appointment through the American Red Cross by visiting redcross.org and entering sponsor code "WilsonBattle." The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, at the WEMA Training Center and from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, at the Mt. Juliet Community Center Meeting Room. To save additional time, complete an online pre-donation and health history questionnaire at your convenience on the day of your appointment. You can save up to 15 minutes and skip the waiting time. To learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.
American Red Cross officials say the need for donations becomes even greater just before the busy summer vacation season begins, a time when many regular donors may delay or skip donations because of other summer activities.
"As summer approaches, the American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to give blood and help ensure a sufficient supply," said American Red Cross Account Manager Brett Crystal. "Every day, the Red Cross must collect 14,000 blood donations to help meet the needs of patients across the country. Your donation may help accident victims, organ transplant patients and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease."