The 12th annual blood donation event is Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. in the convention area of Crossroads Arena.
If the police department can take the trophy again this year, they will even the series at 6-6. The firemen had a strong run, winning four straight from 2007 to 2010, but CPD has taken the last two years.
“We hate that PD has had it the last two years, and we plan on calling in everyone we know to help take it back,” said Fire Chief “Lucky” Briggs. “We’re gonna try to make another good run.”
But the police department is aiming for another victory.
“This is for a great cause and I hope the community supports both sides,” said Police Chief David Lancaster. “But we plan to continue our winning streak.”
Briggs hopes the community answers the call.
“It’s well worth the giving,” he said. “It’s a worthy cause that doesn’t cost you but a little time, no matter which side you give for.”
The drive is for United Blood Services, the primary blood supplier for Magnolia Regional Health Center and other hospitals in northeast Mississippi. The need is great during the summer months, said Toni Gough of UBS.
Food and beverages will be provided by local businesses, and donors will have a chance to win a $100 Walmart gift card and a used vehicle from Barnes Crossing Hyundai/Mazda.
Donors need to be 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. The health history questions can be completed in advance but on the same day at unitedbloodservices.org.
To donate, visit bloodhero.com, sponsor code badgebattle, or call 842-8871.