Blood needed every 2 seconds (VIDEO)

blood signBy Becky Kiser-Hays Post

Every day, even during the holidays, 500 pints of blood are needed for patients in Kansas hospitals.

American Red Cross Blood Donor Recruitment Coordinator Cathy Younger is encouraging local residents to donate blood during the 11th annual Battle of the Badges.

The friendly competition, in which donors vote for their favorite  Ellis County emergency responders, kicked off December 11th and continues through Tuesday, December 31.

EMS leads the competition with five wins, the Fire Department has three wins and Law Enforcement has two:

Donors also have a chance to win His and Her Watches donated by Diamond R Jewelry.

To make an appointment for a blood donation during Battle of the Badges, or any time, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  The Hays donor center is located at 208 E. 8th Street.

The winner’s trophy will be presented during  Fort Hays State University basketball game January 11th.