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2014 Battle of the Badges Begins


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Join Davidson County first responders as they battle it out by donating blood

(Nashville, Tenn., July 7, 2014) - The American Red Cross Davidson County Battle of the Badges is back! Once again, local first responders will “battle” it out to see who can recruit the most people in their community to donate blood.

The Battle of the Badges blood drive is a friendly competition to encourage community members to join local heroes and perform a heroic duty of their own. All presenting donors at the blood drive will get to cast their vote to help decide the winner of this year's competition.

“Members of the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Nashville Fire Department and Metro Police Department know first-hand how important it is to have blood readily available during emergencies,” said Tim Ryerson, CEO, Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “This is their chance to join forces and partner with the Red Cross to encourage the community to take on the civic responsibility of blood donation.”

Join the Battle of the Badges and donate blood on July 18 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at LP Field. Your votes are needed to help determine the winner of this year's battle!

All presenting donors will receive a free pair of pre-season tickets to a Predators game, a Davidson County Battle of the Badges t-shirt and a Chick-fil-A Coupon, while supplies last. In addition, there will be an hourly drawing for Titans tickets, Predator tickets, Music City Bowl tickets, Nashville Sports Council Gold Level Memberships, and prizes from Life View Camping Supplies.

When this contest is over, the Battle of the Badges winner will receive serious bragging rights, a plaque, and be named Best Badge of Davidson County. But most importantly, hospital patients throughout the Tennessee Valley Region are also winners because they get the lifesaving blood they need to survive. Be a hero. Donate blood!

Schedule an appointment to donate at the Battle of the Badges blood drive today. Visit and enter sponsor code: davidsonbob or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at