Hereos Behind the Badge Blood Drive Event

Wilson Health is teaming up with Shelby County Police, Fire and EMS departments as well as the Community Blood Center of Dayton to recruit more donors and help raise awareness of the need for blood donations. On August 23, 2016, the Heroes Behind the Badge blood drive event will take place. This one day only donation event comes at a very crucial time when the blood supply in our area is in great demand. 

“Our local Heroes are outstanding examples of people giving of themselves to help others,” says Kathy Pleiman, Community Blood Center Representative. “Please join our Heroes and donate blood at the hospital to help keep the local blood supply at safe levels for area patients like those at Wilson Health.” 

The event will take place on Tuesday, August 23, at the Wilson Health Professional Building (lower level) from 12pm – 6pm. This year’s theme, Heroes Behind the Badge, will spotlight the different lifesaving services in our community and individuals will share their stories as to why they are blood donors and encouraging others to join them. The friendly competition will have the four different entities facing off to see who can bring the most colleagues, family and friends to donate and vote for their team. The team with the most votes will be announced and the winner will receive a plaque and bragging rights around the community.

The public is strongly encouraged to donate and have the choice to award their donation to the department they wish to see win the competition. Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with a signed parent consent form) and weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health the day of the blood drive. Please bring a photo ID with one’s full name. It is recommended to eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating blood.

“Improving the health of our community is at the heart of our mission,” said Mark Dooley, president and CEO, Wilson Health. “Taking a small amount of time out of your day and donating blood can make a large impact on the health and vitality of the people in our community and ultimately save lives.”

Appointments are encouraged. Please visit www.donortime.com and sign up today. For questions, contact Elaine Shuga at Wilson Health at (937) 498-5312 or the Community Blood Center at 1-800-388-GIVE (4483) or visit www.givingblood.org