21st Annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive in Manhattan

By Ryan Duey

Riley County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is proud to announce its participation in the 21st Annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, set to take place in Manhattan on July 11 and 12. This annual event fosters camaraderie among local first responders through a friendly competition to determine who can recruit the most blood donors. “Riley County PD won last year, and we’re ready to bring the trophy home to EMS where it belongs,” said David Adams, Riley County EMS Director. “We encourage everyone in the community to come out, donate blood, and support their favorite first responders.” In addition to the satisfaction of contributing to a lifesaving cause, donors will receive a commemorative Battle of the Badges t-shirt while supplies last. To participate, schedule an appointment to donate by visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org, using the Blood Donor App, or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Be sure to use the sponsor code ManhattanKS to register for this event.


St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2900 Kimball Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502

Dates and Times:

• Thursday, July 11: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. • Friday, July 12: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is a fantastic opportunity for the community to show their support for local first responders and contribute to a vital cause. Last year, 136 pints of blood were donated. Blood donations are critically needed, and each donation can help save multiple lives. Join Riley County EMS in making this year’s Battle of the Badges the most successful yet! For more information, please visit the American Red Cross website https://www.redcrossblood.org/ or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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