Sign up for Hills Battle of the Badges blood drive

A September 4 “Battle of the Badges” competition between the between the Farmington Hills Police and Fire Departments will help re-stock local blood banks and determine bragging rights for another year.

The annual drive, sponsored by the American Red Cross, will be held from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd. Donors can cast a “vote” with their blood donation to help raise the tally of either department.

All attempting donors will be entered in a raffle to win one of two $25 gas gift cards and will also receive a coupon by email for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations.

All blood types are needed, but Type O is in especially 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 to donate on September 4, call 248-473-1800 or register online at redcrossblood.org with the the sponsor code costickcenter. For more information about donating blood, call Red Cross Donor Support at 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.