Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Heats Up

By: Brick Lewis Posted in Media Releases


The Columbia Police Department, Columbia Fire Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department are challenging each other — and the community — to give blood at the sixth annual “Boots and Badges” blood drive. Donors are needed to give blood and vote for their favorite department – all in an effort to help save lives.

The Battle of the Badges event comes just before the critical Memorial Day holiday weekend, a time when blood donations decline because of holiday travel and events. The Red Cross is calling on donors to honor their community heroes by being a hero to a patient in need. Each pint of blood donated can help save up to three lives.

The department with the most votes at the end of the drive is named the winner. But the real winners are the many patients who will be helped by the blood collected.

Columbia Boots and Badges Blood Drive

Friday, May 26

7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Charles Drew Wellness Center

2101 Walker Solomon

Columbia SC 29201


Columbia Place Mall – Center Court

7201/ BU 650 Two Notch Rd.

Columbia SC 29223

All presenting donors at the Boots and Badges blood drive will receive a free Boots and Badges T-shirt and $10 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane while supplies last. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), use the Blood Donor App and enter sponsor code: B&B or click here to schedule your appointment today.


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