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Firemen are the heroes of blood drive
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Dear Editor,
What is a hero? Like art, heroism is in the eye of the beholder. As law enforcement officers and firefighters, we are fortunate to work with the American Red Cross and meet heroes every day.
Law enforcement officers and firefighters from Barton County have teamed up with the Red Cross to raise awareness about the ongoing need for blood through the Battle of the Badges blood drive competition. The Firemen have proved they are heroes and won the “Battle of the Badges” contest.
We are honoring our Hometown Heroes as part of our annual Battle of the Badges blood drive. Whether you are a blood donor, a financial contributor, a volunteer, or one of the many local organizations with which we partner, we thank you all for your donation.
In order to ensure your blood donation is as efficient as possible, the Red Cross prefers appointments. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make your appointment. Walk-in donors are welcome; however, those with appointments will be given priority. Please make donating blood a routine part of your life and donate on behalf of your friends and family.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the American Red Cross Blood Drive, Monday, July 20th. There were 149 people who came in to share their life-giving blood. Our goal was 145 and we did reach our goal. We want to thank all who participated. We can feel proud we did our civic duty and helped to ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients in hospitals throughout our area.
As a blood donor or volunteer, each of you has helped the Red Cross fulfill their mission of a safe and ample blood supply. Hospital patients rely on us and we delivered! I want to thank each of you for being a part of this lifesaving experience. Especially St. Rose Parish for the use of their facilities. EnRev provided the fresh bottled water as they always do and Dairy Queen provided the ice cream, it was great. We had pulled pork sandwiches and it was great! This was donated by the Kansas Pork Association. Also a big thank you to the Trustees from Barton County. They were a great help with the clean up afterwards. This is a really big help to us.
We look forward to saving more lives at our next drive Monday, September 14th, 2015. Please keep in mind our blood donations are collected at St Rose Parish.
Corry Herrman - Blood Drive Chair