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BEAVERCREEK – This summer the Beavercreek Fire and Police Departments are hosting their second Battle of the Badges Blood Drive 3-7 p.m. Aug. 17 at Peace Lutheran Church located at 3530 Dayton-Xenia Road.

Each day the Community Blood Center must collect enough blood to meet patient needs at local hospitals and trauma centers. Typically blood donations decline during the summer months when people are on vacation. The life-saving blood collected from this drive will help alleviate the strain on continually depleted blood reserves.

The total donation process takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Appointments can be made at or by calling 800-388-GIVE. Making appointments will decrease wait time during the drive. Donors must be 17 years of age or older (or 16 with Community Blood Center consent form), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Most medications for maintenance such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, hormones, thyroid or allergies are acceptable.

Individuals 18 years of age and older who register to donate will have their name entered in a drawing for a trip for two to Hawaii. Official rules for the trip giveaway can be found at Each donor will be able to vote for the Fire Department or the Police Department and all that register will receive a water bottle. Everyone wins in this friendly competition for bragging rights between Beavercreek’s Bravest and Finest.

Story courtesy of Beavercreek Fire Department.