The annual Williamson County Battle of the Badges Blood Drive is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21st from noon to 6pm and Thursday, August 22nd from 6am to 6pm at the Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road Brentwood, TN. The community donated 274 pints during the 2018 blood drive which helped 822 patients. This year’s goal is to collect more than 293 pints of blood and platelet donations to help those like Lennon Kimsey, who is the honoree of this year’s Brentwood blood drive.
Lennon, a three-year old Brentwood resident, has been at war with Leukemia since January. He wants to be a police officer when he grows up and loves the Brentwood Police Department. Several officers recently visited him to present him with his own Brentwood Police uniform that he can’t wait to wear to the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. “People who donate blood are lifesavers,” says Lennon’s mom, Kelly, “He would not be able to complete the chemo treatment without blood transfusions.”
2019 Battle of the Badges
August 21 from 12 noon -6pm & August 22 from 6am-6pm
8109 Concord Road
The #BattleoftheBadges blood drive is a national rivalry among first responder groups to help ensure the blood supply keeps pace with demand during the holidays. Groups participating this year include the Brentwood Fire and Rescue and the Brentwood Police Department versus the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.
In addition to helping save lives and supporting local first responders, those who come to give for the Battle of the Badges will receive a Red Cross t-shirt and refreshments, plus many free giveaways such as Tennessee Titan tickets, Nashville Predator Hockey tickets, University of Tennessee, and Vanderbilt football tickets. Talk Sports Radio 102.5 The Game will be broadcasting LIVE on Thursday afternoon.
The winter holiday season is one of the most challenging periods of the year for the Red Cross to collect enough blood and platelet donations. Busy schedules and inclement weather often mean fewer blood donations. However, the need for blood is constant. Every day, regardless of the season, hospital patients need blood or platelets for cancer treatments, lifesaving surgeries, or emergency care related to accidents or trauma.
You are welcome to walk in or make an appointment in advance by contacting the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and using sponsor code: brentwoodbattleofthebadges or contact Sara Smyly at [email protected] or Brentwood Fire and Rescue Assistant Fire Chief David Windrow at [email protected]