Boots and Badges Kicks Off On Monday, December 2

Blood Bank of Delmarva (240 x 64)~Friendly competition pits police and fire departments against each other in a race to save lives

Blood Bank of Delmarva will host a Boots and Badges Hero Drive from Monday, Dec. 2 to Saturday, Dec. 14. The drive creates a friendly competition between the police and fire departments on the Delmarva Peninsula to see which arm of the civil services can bring in the most blood donations during the two week period.

“Boots and Badges is a fun way for police and fire departments and EMS to compete in a life saving competition,” said Michael Waite, Director of Marketing and Community Relations for Blood Bank of Delmarva. “We all appreciate the work these everyday heroes do for the citizens of Delmarva each day. Boots and Badges is just another way for them to work together towards saving lives in our community.”

Boots and Badges is open to the public as well as members of the police or fire departments. Blood donors can show their support for one or the other by filling out a Hero Card when they go to any of the donation centers or community mobile blood drives to give blood.

“In addition to being a fun, light-hearted competition, Boots and Badges will help us sustain our blood supply during this holiday season,” Waite said. “We typically see a decrease in donation around this time of year because so many people are involved in holiday activities. The competition will be a way to ensure we have the 350 donors we need each day to serve the needs of the 16 hospitals on Delmarva.”

About Blood Bank of Delmarva
Blood Bank of Delmarva is a non-profit, community service organization that provides blood for the 16 hospitals in Delaware and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. More than 350 blood donors are needed every day to meet the needs of patients at those hospitals. For more information about the Blood Bank or to make an appointment to give blood, visit www.DelmarvaBlood.org or call 1 888 8-BLOOD-8.