While the departments participated in Battle of the Badges—a national competition for first responders—earlier this year, the competition is making a comeback to help increase blood supplies during the holiday season. The drive will be held at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library at 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood, from 11 a.m-5 p.m.
“Due to the emergency need of blood over the holidays, the American Red Cross asked us to step up and help again,” police Assistant Chief Tommy Walsh said in a news release. “We hope the community will come out and support those in need this Friday.”
According to a release form the city, the need for blood donations is higher during the season due to less donations made as a result of busy schedules and inclement weather.
Those interested in donating can walk in or make an appointment by calling the Red Cross at 800-733-2767. Residents can also reach out locally to Sara Smyly at firstname.lastname@example.org or Assistant Fire Chief David Windrow at email@example.com.
Not sure if you are eligible to donate? Take a look at some of the Red Cross' donation requirements here.