Jamestown Police Department and Fire Department hosted the "Battle of the Badges," a three-day blood drive with Vitalant, on Jan. 2-4 at the Jamestown Civic Center which helped collect 209 units of blood products for patients in need.

Two hundred twelve individuals volunteered to donate blood, and 183 individuals were able to donate at the drive. Thirty-six donors gave Power Red Cells (2RBC), which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution back to the donor. Eighteen people volunteered for the first time. Team Law won the 2020 Battle of the Badges with 110 votes to Team Fire’s 102 votes.

Vitalant expressed its gratitude to police Chief Scott Edinger and fire Chief Jim Reuther, who co-coordinated the drive, and Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser, who assisted with the drive, as well as Cavendish Farms, R.M. Stoudt, Hoffman Trucking, Buffalo City Diesel, First Community Credit Union, Wildside Creations, Domino’s Pizza, and Hugo’s Family Supermarket, who all sponsored the blood drive. Vitalant expressed its gratitude to the Jamestown Volunteer Center for its help handing out T-shirts, refreshments and registration.

Vitalant strives to keep a 5-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times to be able to meet the needs of patients across the region. Donations from O-negative donors, the universal blood type, are especially important this time of year due to increased accidents and trauma cases.

Vitalant is the only blood provider to nearly 70 hospitals across the region.