KILLEEN, TX — The Scott & White Blood Center hosts seven blood drives in July for the “Boots and Badges” competition. During this competition, both fire fighters and police officers come out to donate blood as they know that at any time, it may be needed. Central Texas-area residents are also invited to show their support for local firefighters and police officers by giving blood for patients in need.
“Our first responders help save many lives by using their skills to respond to traumatic incidents day or night,” said Walter Linz, MD, medical director of the Scott & White Blood Center. “We need to ensure that they have the critically necessary blood to helping those patients who experience life-threatening events when it is needed.”
Community blood supplies are typically low during holiday periods as families travel during the summer and students are on summer break. However, the blood supply never takes a vacation, as patients continue to need blood, which is why the “Boots and Badges” competition hopes to increase donations. Beginning July 1 through July 31, fire and police department employees, their family members and friends, along with the community are invited to participate.
Donors will receive a free “Boots and Badges” t-shirt, a chance to vote for their favorite team (“Boots” – firefighters or “Badges” police officers), plus a chance to win dinner and a movie for two.
The following blood drives are scheduled as part of the “Boots & Badges” competition:
• Bell County Courthouse Thursday, July 10; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
• Hornsby Memorial (Schoepf’s BBQ in Belton) Saturday, July 12; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
• Belton Fire Dept. Monday July 14; 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
• Fort Hood Harley Davidson – Killeen, Friday, July 18; 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
• McLennan County Sheriff’s Dept. Wednesday July 23; 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
• Little River Fire Dept. Wednesday, July 23; 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
• Horny Toad Harley Davidson – Belton, Saturday July, 26; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
• Belton Police Dept. Monday, July 28; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• Coryell County Sheriff’s Dept. Tuesday, July 29; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Donors may also come by the Scott & White Blood Center to donate and cast their vote for their favorite team.
For every unit of blood collected, the Scott & White Blood Center will tally one vote for the competing fire department or police department based on the donor’s choice.
Blood donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh more than 110 pounds. Each donor must present a picture ID in order to be registered to donate. Most medications are okay, including blood pressure and cholesterol prescriptions.
For more information, please call the Scott & White Blood Center at 254-724-HERO (4376) or 877-724-HERO (4376) or visit the website at bloodcenter.sw.org to schedule an appointment and find more information on upcoming drives in Central Texas.