Blood drive is Sept. 7

A friendly competition between the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, the Marshalltown Police Department and the Marshalltown Fire Department will yield more than bragging rights — it’s about saving lives.

The annual Marshalltown “Battle of the Badges” blood drive will be held from 12-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Salvation Army Community Center, 107 W. State St.

Blood donors can support their favorite organization by checking off which agency gets their vote. But more importantly, officials with the three agencies say it’s about needed blood donations that can save lives.

For an appointment, call (800) RED-CROSS or visit Walk-ins are also welcome.