'Battle of the Badges' blood drive challenge begins Monday

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Rockford Police and Rockford Fire departments go head-to-head next week in the annual "Battle of the Badges" blood drive challenge.

The challenge is an effort to raise awareness for blood donations and help the Rock River Valley Blood Center maintain adequate blood supply over summer.

The challenge will runs from Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12.

Monday through Thursday, city employees and the public can donate at the two Blood Center locations in Rockford: 419 N. Sixth Street or 3605 N. Perryville Road.

Donors will pick which department they want their donation to support. Registered donors will receive a special edition t-shirt donated by the police and fire unions.

On Friday, July 12, donations will be collected at Blood Buses and a winner. The winner of the challenge will be announced.

If you would like to register to donate blood, contact Brittany Krutz at Brittany.Krutz@rockfordil.gov.