Asheville’s first responders are facing off for a lifesaving cause. Local heroes are rolling up their sleeves—and encouraging the community to do the same—as they vie for the most pints donated at the annual Battle of the Badges blood drive.
The Asheville Fire Department, Asheville Police Department, Buncombe County Emergency Medical Service, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Highway Patrol will go head-to-head to encourage blood donations for their team. Donors at the blood drive will vote for their favorite team before they donate, and the winner is announced at the end of the drive.
Battle of the Badges blood drive
Wednesday, Feb. 24
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St., in Asheville
All presenting donors at the blood drive will receive a T-shirt and local refreshments, courtesy of area restaurants.
To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: avlbattleofbadges or use the Blood Donor App