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Battle of Badges blood drive plans finalized
The committee planning the annual Battle of the Badges blood drive met Friday morning at Poor Richard's Café to finalize plans for this year's event.
Members of the Plano Police Department and the Plano Fire Department will be in competition for the sixth time to see who wins the trophy designating them as this year's winner of the annual event. The Plano Police Department has won four of the last five events.
Donors cast their votes in a ballot box for either the police department or the fire department. The winner will be announced at the end of the competition. Also, those who cast ballots will be eligible to win two nights at a bed-and-breakfast in Georgetown, compliments of Take Time to Travel.
The event is scheduled for June 12-18, with blood donations being taken at several locations throughout the week. Locations are available at www.planobattleofthebadges.org.
"Double red" donations as well as regular blood donations may be made at the police department, fire department and city hall. A double red cell donation is similar to a whole blood donation, except a special machine is used to allow the donor to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one donation while returning the plasma and platelets to the donor. The process takes longer than for a regular blood donation, but benefits more people.
The Battle of the Badges is far more than just a police-firefighter event. Individuals, businesses, churches and service clubs all get heavily involved in saving lives by urging blood donations.
The Plano Sunrise Rotary Club had the largest representation of any organization at Friday morning's planning meeting. George Elking of the Sunrise Rotary originated the idea for the annual blood drive six years ago and was on hand to provide leadership Friday morning. Other Sunrise Rotarians present included Daniel Long Sr., Jenifer Grace and Don Mellor.
Others at the committee meeting included Steve Parry of the Plano Metro Rotary, Robert Posner of the Collin Creek Church, Sharyl Branam of Carter BloodCare, Pam Haines of the Plano Police Department, Cynthia Morgan of the Plano Fire Department, Bobby Cave of Take Time to Travel and Richard Butterly and James Wells of Poor Richard's Café.
Carter BloodCare has released a list of sponsors who will give gifts to those who donate blood. They include Tino's Mexican Restaurant, Bavarian Grill, Greek Isles, Hirsch's Meats, Villines Chiropractor, Henry's Homemade Ice Cream, Andiamo Italian Restaurant, Secure Cam, Rover Dramawerks, Take Time to Travel, Poor Richard's Café, Wells Brothers, Collin Creek Church, Soho Pub, Southernmaid Donuts, Eye Care of Texas and Independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant
The first blood drive will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at the Collin Creek Church, located at 1905 E. Parker Road.
Other blood drives will be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14 at Poor Richard's Café at K Avenue and Park Blvd.; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 15 at Plano City Hall at 1520 K Avenue; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 16 at the Plano Fire Station at 1901 K Avenue.
The June 17 blood drives will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Plano Police Department at 909 E. 14th Street; and from 3:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.at Henry's Homemade Ice Cream, located at the intersection of Independence and Parker Road in Plano.
The June 18 blood drives will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Poor Richard's Café at 2424 K Avenue; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tony's Café on the northwest corner of Alma and W. Spring Creek Parkway; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Elliot's Hardware at the intersection of Coit Road and Park Blvd; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Asia World Market, just west of Central Expressway at 240 Legacy Drive; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the east entry of Collin Creek Mall, near the Sears lower level.
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