Farmington Hills police, firefighters battle at blood drive

Farmington Hills Police and Fire Departments will compete Sept. 6 in a friendly battle that will help boost critically low local blood supplies.

The American Red Cross will sponsor the annual “Battle of the Badges” Blood Drive from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills.

Donors can cast a “vote” to help raise the tally of either department. All blood types are needed, but Type O is in high demand since it can be transfused to patients in other blood groups and used in emergency cases when a patient’s blood type isn’t known.

To make an appointment, call 248-473-1800 or register at redcrossblood.org.

Enter the sponsor code “costickcenter” and follow the instructions to set up an appointment.

Giving blood takes about an hour. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be 17 years of age or older. If a parent is present to fill out a permission form on the day of the blood drive, 16-year-olds will be allowed to donate blood. For more information, call 1-800- 448-3543 or visit redcrossblood.org.