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Boots vs. Badges Blood Drive Kick Off

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Amarillo, TX - One of the biggest area blood drives begins Friday.

Boots vs. Badges will kick off at the Coffee Memorial Blood Center from 6 in the morning to 7 p.m.

The event hosts a competition between area police and fire departments to see who can donate the most blood.

NewsChannel 10 spoke with Suzanne Talley of Coffee Memorial Blood Center, who said this blood drive is essential because each year it gets harder to maintain a stable blood supply in the summer months.  

She said in order to cover 31 counties and 29 medical facilities the blood center has to draw about 125 units of blood a day. 

She also said accidents increase during the summer, making the importance of a stable blood supply that much greater.

There is no substitute for blood, according to Talley.

She said blood only comes from volunteer blood donors, and when people are in crisis at the area hospitals, whether it be a premature baby, a heart surgery gone bad, an auto accident, or cancer patients in need, blood donations become extremely valuable.

You can save three lives per one unit of blood given.

Blood donors and their guests will be offered complimentary hamburgers from 11-2 while supplies last.

Last year 270 units of blood were donated and the center said it is looking to break the record this year.