Eau Claire (WQOW) – The American Red Cross needs blood, so it enlisted local law enforcement agencies to help drive donations.
For much of Tuesday and Wednesday, the Red Cross will be set up at the Green Mill/Clarion Hotel in Eau Claire, for the first "Battle of the Badges" blood drive. Local police and firefighters are competing to see which group can bring in the most donors.
Organizers say they need blood every day in hospitals around the county, but of course the need is greater after emergencies. Officials say since law enforcement are often first on the scene, they know first hand how important donor blood can be.
"I think it’s just a great thing to get out and get involved in your community. Give back in a non-monetary way," said Megan Geroux, from the American Red Cross. "Save someone’s family member or a friend or a relative, or neighbor, anyone."
Geroux also told News 18 you don’t have to be an officer or firefighter to donate for this drive, but you can donate on behalf of either, and the winners get bragging rights.
If you were unable to donate Tuesday, the drive continues Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Plus, Green Mill is donating 20 percent of proceeds to the Red Cross during that time.