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August 16-- The American Red Cross Annual Battle of the Badges blood drive event is Wednesday, August 21st and Thursday, August 22nd.

This two-day drive will pit the Vidalia and Lyons Fire and Police Departments, Toombs County Sheriff’s Department, Toombs/Montgomery County EMS, Toombs County Volunteer Fire Departments and Toombs County EMA against each other in a friendly battle to see which department can have the most participants donate blood.

Donors do not have to be an employee of the department.

The drive is sponsored by Altamaha Bank and Lark Builders. These businesses will make a financial contribution to each badge for every unit of blood donated.

The drives will be held at the Vidalia High School on Wednesday, the 21st and the Toombs County High School on Thursday the 22nd.

Each drive will be held from 1-6 PM. Donors can donate only once at either drive and with each donation, can vote for the “Badge” of their choice. The winning department will receive a plaque and more importantly, bragging rights for the year.

“We are very excited to help the Red Cross save lives. Someone in the USA needs blood every two seconds,” Vidalia Fire Chief Brian Sikes said.

“This is a great opportunity to have a little fun for a great cause,” commented Lynn Moore, EMA director and longtime blood donor.

“Our badges and first responders put their lives on the line each day. This is a great partnership where we can relax, have a friendly competitive department rivalry and also save some lives at the same time,” Biram Chapman, Red Cross Account Representative added.

The goal for the two-day event is 100 units.

Donors can make an appointment by going to www.redcrossblood.org and entering zip code 30474 in the search box. Walk ins will be taken but priority given to those donors that make appointments.

For more information, please call or text Biram Chapman at 912 663 6721.

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