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AUSTIN (KXAN) The Battle of the Boots, Badges and Bandages kicks off Monday. The eighth annual blood drive competition between the Austin Police and Fire departments and Austin Travis County EMS runs all week through Saturday.

You can vote for your favorite department when you donate blood at the North Lamar or Round Rock donor centers. The winner will be announced this weekend.

Cindy Rowe, with the Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas, spoke on KXAN News on The CW Austin about the event, how you can help choose a winner, and the summer slump they see in donations.

“They’re all working so hard to recruit donors to come in and donate this week so that they can possibly bring in the most donations and be able to have the bragging rights and the traveling trophy but most importantly to help ensure the blood supply is stable and safe this summer at a type when, typically, donations fall,” said Rowe. “People are busy making vacation plans, and schools are closed for the summer.”

Rowe says it’s very important to make up for lost donations, especially those from school donations which make up 20 percent of total supplies on their shelves.

Not only can people donate at the Round Rock and North Lamar locations, Rowe says people can also donate at the mobile blood drives. Once they arrive at the sites, donors will be asked if they want their donations to be credited to a certain department, and that’s when people can use their donation to vote in the Battles of the Boots, Badges and Bandages. Rowe says it will be lots of fun for the family filled with many activities to keep everyone busy. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.
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