Press Release 6/12/18
West Springfield, MA: The Town of West Springfield will be hosting their 5th annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive on Saturday, June 16 from 9:00am-3:00pm at the West Springfield Public Library. This Blood Drive will give donors the chance to donate and cast a vote for their favorite department. The Police Department and the Fire Department are always huge supporters of this drive and take the time to donate. “Here in West Springfield we are fortunate enough to have first responders from both departments continue to help their community on and off the clock.” Mayor William Reichelt
This blood drive has been held in many different venues throughout its lifetime in West Springfield. Starting at the Fire House on the Big E grounds, the Unico Building in Mittineague Park, the West Springfield Senior Center, and this year the West Springfield Public Library.
At the June 12th press conference held at the West Springfield Fire Department both Chiefs from Police and Fire were ready to trash talk in an effort to drum up support from the community and their staff members. Last year both departments tied, leaving the trophy to be held in the Mayor’s Office this past year.
Donors will receive a $10 Email Visa Gift Card provided by Suburban Propane, a Battle of the Badges T-Shirt while supplies last, and lunch provided by the West Springfield Lions Club.
As part of an international movement, the American Red Cross is launching the Missing Types campaign today to recruit new blood donors – and those who have not given recently – to ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients.
During the Missing Types campaign, the letters A, B and O – the main blood groups –
will disappear from brands, social media pages, signs and websites to illustrate the
critical role every blood donor plays. When the letters A, B and O vanish from everyday
life, the gaps are striking. And when A, B and O blood types are missing from hospital
shelves, patient care could be impacted.
Appointments can be made at Redcrossblood.org or by contacting Carly Camossi, Outreach Coordinator for the Town of West Springfield at email@example.com