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Cops vs fire blood drive Wednesday

By The Herald Staff | 6/17/2013

The battle is returning ... and it's a battle for blood.

An annual blood drive competition between the Ottawa Police Department, Ottawa Fire Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and Franklin County Emergency Medical Services is set for noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Celebration Hall, 1737 S. Elm St., on the Franklin County Fairgrounds, Ottawa. The purpose of the “Battle for Blood” event is to see which agency can bring in the most blood donations, Leann DeLong, a donor recruitment representative for Community Blood Center, said.

The battle is returning ... and it's a battle for blood.

An annual blood drive competition between the Ottawa Police Department, Ottawa Fire Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and Franklin County Emergency Medical Services is set for noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Celebration Hall, 1737 S. Elm St., on the Franklin County Fairgrounds, Ottawa. The purpose of the “Battle for Blood” event is to see which agency can bring in the most blood donations, Leann DeLong, a donor recruitment representative for Community Blood Center, said.

“It’s a friendly competition,” she said. “All the donors that come in to donate, they vote for their favorite [department]. The blood center has a celebration of caring and [which ever department] wins [the competition] is given an award at that banquet.”

Donors also will have a chance to win a big prize, DeLong said.

“If a donor schedules an appointment online, that gives them an entry into a trip for a family of four to Disney World,” she said. “Then when they register that day [at the blood drive], their name goes in again.”

Scheduling an appointment online gives donors a chance to win the prize, but DeLong said, appointments aren’t necessary to donate. Walk-ins are welcome, and there currently is a shortage in the blood supply.

“There’s a great need right now for O negative, B negative and A negative [blood types],” she said. “We are under a half of a day’s supply. We like to be at a three-day supply, but summer’s a tough time to collect blood.”

The whole donation process, from start to finish, doesn’t take long and can even be done during an hour lunch break, Delong said.

DeLong said the turnout for blood donations is usually pretty high for the Battle for Blood drive.

“Usually the Battle for Blood is the largest community drive that I have there in Ottawa,” she said. “We usually collect around 60 to 65 units of blood.”

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