FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – The 24th annual Battle of the Badges kicks off Monday, Dec. 10, lasting through Saturday, Dec. 22.
Battles of the Badges is the longest-running local blood donation competition in Fort Wayne. When you donate blood during the campaign, you can vote for either police/highway patrol or firefighters/EMS to win the competition.
The annual rivalry helps ensure that blood donations keep at pace with demand during the holiday season.
Last year, firefighters/EMS won the competition over police/patrol by 62 donations. This year, the goal stands at 500 blood and platelet donations between the two Fort Wayne Red Cross locations.
In addition to saving lives, participants will also receive a Red Cross long-sleeved t-shirt and enjoy pizza provided by Pizza Hut, while supplies last.
Once the campaign begins, you can check the current score on the Red Cross Twitter account (@Indiana_Ohio).
To make an appointment, contact the Red Cross at RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED-CROS (1-800-733-2767) or download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.
Find all Battle of the Badges donation locations and hours below:
Fort Wayne Donation Center – 1212 E. California Road (across from the Memorial Coliseum)
- Monday 12/10: 6am-7pm
- Tuesday 12/11: 11:30am-7pm
- Wednesday 12/12: 11:30am-7pm
- Thursday 12/13: 11:00am-6:30pm
- Friday 12/14: 6:30am-2pm
- Saturday 12/15: 6:30am-2pm
- Sunday 12/16: 6:30am-2pm
- Monday 12/17: 11:30am-7pm
- Tuesday 12/18: 11:30am-7pm
- Wednesday 12/19: 11:30am-7pm
- Thursday 12/20: 11:00am-6:30pm
- Friday 12/21: 6:30am-2pm
- Saturday 12/22: 6:30am-2pm
Lutheran Hospital Donation Center – 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107 (in the south lobby of Lutheran Hospital)
- Monday 12/10: 12pm-7:30pm
- Tuesday 12/11: 12pm-7:30pm
- Wednesday 12/12: Closed
- Thursday 12/13: 6am-1:30pm
- Friday 12/14: 6am-1:30pm
- Saturday 12/15: 6am-1:30pm
- Sunday 12/16: 6am-1:30pm
- Monday 12/17: 12pm-7:30pm
- Tuesday 12/18: 12pm-7:30pm
- Wednesday 12/19: Closed
- Thursday 12/20: 6am-1:30pm
- Friday 12/21: 6am-1:30pm
- Saturday 12/22: 6am-1:30pm