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'Battle of Badges' blood drive Feb. 7

POSTED: January 26, 2014 6:00 p.m.
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Donors Jeanie Johanson, Sandra Hodges, Jacquelyn Smith and Donna Perryman stand with Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes in front of the Bloodmobile after donating at a sheriff’s office drive last year.

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The American Red Cross’ “Battle of the Badges” is being waged this year in Liberty County, where local police departments, the sheriff’s office, firefighters and EMS workers will compete to see who can recruit the most people in their communities to donate blood.
All presenting donors will cast a vote to help decide the winner of this year’s competition. A total of four blood drives will be held throughout the year. The winning entity will earn bragging rights and a trophy.
The battle begins from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office’s blood drive, which will be at the Liberty County Justice Center, 201 S. Main St. in Hinesville. Donors should look for the Red Cross Bloodmobile in the rear parking lot.
The event will feature appearances by “Buddy the Blood Drop” as well as local police officers, deputies, firefighters and EMTs in uniform. Although this drive is sponsored by the sheriff’s office, donors can vote for other public-safety entities — police, firefighters or EMS.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, come out and show your love for local heroes. Schedule an appointment to donate at the Battle of the Badges blood drive. Go to and enter sponsor code LCSO or call 1-800-733-2767.

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