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Blood battle benefits musicians, agency

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Hilliard Bradley, Darby and Davidson high schools are participating in the 2014 Hilliard Blood Battle of the Bands.

Seventeen central Ohio high schools are involved in the Bleed for the Band program of the American Red Cross. It is the third year the American Red Cross has promoted the event, which is designed to boost donations at a traditionally low point and at the same time provide bands with an opportunity to earn money for program expenses, according to organizers with the American Red Cross.

"Typically around July 4, the blood supply drops," said Rodney J. Wilson, Red Cross communications manager. "The number of donations isn't sufficient to meet hospital needs.

"We're trying to get more people to give blood. Schools are out of session, and 20 percent of donations come from educational institutions. We try to have more blood drives at other locations during the summer."

Wilson said the Red Cross has a special need for O negative, A negative and B negative blood types.

The Hilliard Music Boosters will help the American Red Cross collect blood from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Hilliard Bradley High School, 2800 Walker Road, Hilliard Darby High School, 4200 Leppert Road, and Hilliard Davidson High School, 5100 Davidson Road.

Minors, ages 16 and 17, may donate with the written consent of a parent or guardian. All donors are required to show photo identification.

Donors will receive coupons for products at Culver's and be entered for incentives such as gasoline from Marathon and passes for Zoombezi Bay.

Each of Hilliard's high schools will receive cash donations based on amounts collected at each site.

Jeff Keller, with the Hilliard Music Boosters, said each school that has at least 25 donors will receive $200. Schools can earn as much as $400 based on the total number of donors.

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