The Blood Donation Badge of Honor (German: Blutspendeehrennadel) is a German award presented by the German Red Cross and by the Blood donation service of the Bundeswehr for voluntary unpaid blood donations.

Description

The badge depicts a golden cross with a red dot in the center, symbolizing a drop of blood on red background. The awards of 25 or more donations feature a laurel wreath around the cross. The awards of 50 or more donations also feature diamonds around the center. The number of donations is also shown at the bottom of the laurel wreath. If worn as a ribbon bar, a miniature version of the badge is attached to a red ribbon bar.[citation needed]

Blood donation service of the German armed forces:

For 3; 6; 10; 15; 25; 40; 50; 75; 100; 125; 150; 175; 200; 225; 250; 275 and 300 donations.

German Red Cross

For 10; 25; 50; 75; 100; 125; 150; 175; 200; 250; 275 and 300 donations.

Bavarian Red Cross

For 3; 10; 25; 50; 75; 100; 125; 150; 175; 200; 225; 250; 275 and 300 donations.

Status

The ribbon is an official German medal according to the Law regarding Titles, Medals and Decorations. It is usually awarded by the local Red Cross chapter, the local mayor, or for military service members the ribbon is awarded by the commanding officer.

Members of the German fire departments, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief and other rescue services may wear the ribbon bar for the badge on their uniform or service dress.

The Blood Transfusion Service of the Bundeswehr awards a lapel pin to those soldiers who make voluntary donations of blood. The ribbon is currently not permitted to be worn on uniforms of the Bundeswehr.

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