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Verbatim: Firefighters, EMS win Battle for Blood

New Year’s Eve drive starts Wednesday

Statement issued Monday:

The Fire Department and EMS team narrowly overcame the Police and Sheriffs’ team in the 16th Annual Battle for Blood, 685 votes to 670 votes. This marks the fifth consecutive win by the Firefighters and EMS team.

The Battle for Blood helped build the blood supply during this critical holiday season by collecting 1,187 pints of blood and 631 platelet products. This was the most successful Battle for Blood in Fort Wayne history, surpassing the record of 1,179 pints of blood collected in 2002. Sponsors of the event included Indiana’s NewsCenter, WBCL and Pizza Hut.

This New Year’s Eve, continue the holiday spirit and resolve to help save lives through blood or platelet donation. Join MAJIC 95.1 and the American Red Cross for the 2010 New Year’s Eve Blood Drive. There are two locations in Fort Wayne where you can donate:

American Red Cross, located at 1212 E. California Rd. (across from the Memorial Coliseum)

Wednesday, Dec. 29: noon – 6 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 30: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 31: 8 a.m. – noon

Lutheran Hospital Donor Center, located at 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107 (in the South lobby of Lutheran Hospital near the gift shop)

Wednesday, Dec. 29: noon – 6 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 30: 6 a.m. – noon

Friday, Dec. 31: 6 a.m. – noon

All presenting donors at this blood drive will receive a coupon for a free 9-inch one-topping personal pan pizza from Papa Murphy’s and while supplies last, a coupon for a free donut from Dunkin’ Donuts. Additionally, all donors will be entered to win a weekly, regional drawing for a $250 Visa gift card!

How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

About the American Red Cross

The Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region serves northern and central Indiana and northwestern Ohio, and needs to collect about 500 units of blood a day to meet patient need in more than 60 hospitals. In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

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