The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) and the Winchester City Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) will be hosting the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive on Friday, July 17 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The drive will be held at the Jim Barnett Park Rec Center, 1001 East Cork Street in Winchester.
“We’re looking forward to the community coming out and helping us support the Red Cross, which has a real need for blood these days,” stated Interim Chief Hadden Culp during his recent guest spot on the Rouss Review podcast. According to the Red Cross, blood drives across the United States were canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which left the organization with a “severe blood shortage” (source).
Anyone wishing to participate in the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive is asked to please schedule an appointment with the Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting RedCrossBlood.org. When prompted, type in sponsor code Battle20. The team with the most donors “wins” the friendly competition, so donors are asked to mention whether they are attending for Team Fire and Rescue or Team Winchester Sheriff’s Office.