MIDLAND,Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24) – Vitalant wrapped it’s fourth day of their Battle of The Badges blood drive at Midland Park Mall on Sunday.
This annual blood drive challenges members of the Midland Police and Fire Departments to donate blood, as well as encouraging the community to give blood too. But this year has slowed the amount of blood donations from the public due to COVID-19.
” It’s been just a little bit slower than usual but it has been really smooth,” Said Dianne Scott, Recruitment Supervisor for Vitalant. ” We want to thank the Midland Park Mall because without this location we would not be here today.”
Scott said the Battle of the Badges blood drive is important not just for the city of Midland, but the entire Permian Basin.
” We need to keep the blood supply up so that people that need blood in the hospitals, they will have an ample supply for them,” Scott said. ” So we do these competitions like this so we can keep the blood supply up in the Permian Basin.”
But even though COVID-19 caused a decline in blood donations, Scott said people have still be showing up to help their local heroes at Midland Police and Fire win this competition. But Scott said the numbers are too close to determine a winner.
“Any blood is better than no blood at all,” Scott said. ” Right now they’re neck in neck, I’m gonna say 60 for the Fire Department and 60 for the Police Department, it’s really close. “
While were are still going through COVID-19, Scott hopes the community will still help save lives, because the need for blood is not going away and in some ways more dire than ever.
“COVID has changed a lot of things for a lot of people,” Scott said. ” But what we’re saying is please keep on coming out an donating because just because we’ve had COVID-19 doesn’t mean that people don’t need blood.”
The next blood drives will be held on Wednesday Sept. 16 at the Midland Police Department and Thursday Sept. 17 at the Midland Fire Department.