By Linda Looney-Bond
The Clayton County Police Department and the Clayton County Sheriff's Office will square off in a blood drive Tuesday, and county residents, county employees and members of other law enforcement agencies are being encouraged to participate.
From 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., the American Red Cross will hold blood drives at the Clayton County Police Department, at 7911 North McDonough St., Jonesboro, and at the Clayton County Sheriff's Office, located at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center, 9157 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro.
The law enforcement agency that gets the largest number of blood donations Tuesday will win the "Badges for Life" competition, which is all in good fun, according to Tracye Bryant, spokesperson for the American Red Cross.
"I think it's a wonderful opportunity. The Red Cross is very excited about the partnership with the Clayton County Police Department and the sheriff's department," said Bryant.
"It's a fun thing to do and it supports the community, and it most definitely supports the needs of the Red Cross," she said.
Bryant said the goal is to collect a combined minimum of 84 units of blood during the two blood drives.
To be eligible to give, donors must be at least 17 years of age, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health.
All blood drive participants will receive a Badges for Life T-shirt and will be entered into a drawing for a cruise for two, according to Bryant.
Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment to donate at the Badges for Life Blood Drive.
"It's a little easier if you sign up online. It kind of reduces the wait time," Bryant said.
To schedule an appointment to donate, visit www.givelife.org and enter the sponsor code "claytoncounty."
Bryant said donors may also call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule a donation time. She said walk-in donors are also welcome to participate.