MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Thursday marks the start of Battle of the Badges, a friendly competition between officers and fire crews in Odessa to see who can donate the most blood.

Donors will get to vote for their department of choice, either police officers or firefighters.

The winner gets bragging rights, a trophy, and a meal--cooked by the losing department.

The blood drive will run through December 18. Those interested in donating can choose between OPD at 205 N. Grant 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, or the OFD December 18 at 3414 Brentwood 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Well you know, there is need for blood donations every day, someone, somewhere requires a blood donation. I encourage everyone that can donate, to please come out on one of these days and give blood cause you can save a life,”

Once you donate blood..you cast your vote for the department of your choice and all donors will receive a t-shirt while supplies last, snacks and hero reward points.