Watertown, SD- Watertown Police and Fire Departments will compete to see which department can recruit the most blood donors for the community’s blood supply during the holidays in the 18th Annual “Heroes Behind the Badges”.
The blood drive event will be held on Thursday, December 19th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday, December 20st from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Watertown Mall. The public is encouraged to designate their blood donation in honor of the department of their choice. The first 300 donors will receive a $5 Beef Bucks, compliments of Hy-Vee, County Fair Foods, and Coteau Hills Cattlemen’s Association. All who donate will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of five $100.00 Beef Bundles, compliments of Coteau Hills Cattlemen’s Association, Dakota Butcher and the Beef Industry Council. Midwest Ag Supply and Veterinary Service will donate 1 pound of dog food to the Glacial Lakes Human Society and $1 to the Watertown Salvation Army for each person registering to give blood at the Heroes Behind the Badges blood drive.
The department with the most donations will receive the traveling trophy and bragging rights for the year. Blood donors can join KWAT live on Friday morning to donate blood and receive special coffee and cinnamon rolls, (compliments of Prairie Lakes Healthcare System).
“This annual competition between local heroes in the community provides encouragement and education about the need for blood in our community throughout the most difficult time of year to keep up with demands. This special event provides 100% of all blood required for the community’s patients throughout the holidays, saving hundreds of patients at a time when blood is needed the most,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “It is imperative that we have strong collections throughout the holidays to maintain a solid local blood supply for traumas, surgeries and many other medical situations.”
Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form), weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood. Please bring an ID with you at the time of donation. For more information about the Heroes Behind the Badges event log onto www.cbblifeblood.org or call Community Blood Bank at 1-877-877-3070.
Community Blood Bank is not affiliated with other blood bank organizations and takes pride in being a self-sufficient organization, thanks to the generosity of our local blood donors.