The Battle of the Badges blood drive is on.
The annual blood drive and friendly competition between the Emporia Fire and Police departments continues Monday and Tuesday at Twelfth Avenue Baptist Church, 2023 West 12th. Area residents are encouraged to donate blood and then vote for their favorite agency.
"What's In Outdoors" host Phil Taunton says he's been donating blood for two years now, and that the need is ever-present.
At the end of the day Monday, 142 units of blood had been collected -- surpassing the goal of 139. The drive goes until 6 pm Monday and 8 am to 2 pm Tuesday. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome. For information or to set up an appointment, call the Red Cross at 800-RED-CROSS or go online to www.redcrossblood.org.