El Centro, CA Jan. 4, 2012 – Both community members and local law enforcement agencies throughout Imperial Valley gave blood Wednesday as part of the 6th Annual Battle of the Badges. An event hosted by the El Centro Border Patrol and the American Red Cross.
Agent Jores D. Peters with the El Centro Sector Border Patrol tells News 13, "This is a friendly contest geared toward law enforcement agencies in the Imperial Valley just to generate interest in participating those who serve the local community. It's just as a way to give back and contribute."
Sylvia Preciado with the American Red Cross says the event takes place every year in Southern California, but this is the first time it's actually taken place in El Centro. She says the timing couldn't be better for everyone to donate. "The American Red Cross Blood services is coming out of a very critical time to collect blood right now immediately after the holiday season."
Preciado says in addition to those donating blood to help save lives blood donors were asked to bring canned food to help those who are less fortunate. She says, by helping our local food bank that is also coming through a critical time with the holidays and having very bare pantries."
Local residents like Christian Duarte were also at the event and tells us why he decided to donate, "Just to help people. I'm also a life guard so I wanted to do this just to help people pretty much and make a difference."
If you missed out on today's blood drive it's never too late to donate and you can do so my contacting your local Red Cross.