Lots of folks in the area are rolling up their sleeves in a battle for blood donors this week.
The fifth annual Battle of the Badges is a competition between Minot's law enforcement, and fire and rescue departments to see which organization can recruit the most blood donors.
Last year, Battle of the Badges saw 362 donors give blood.
Battle of the Badges is the largest community blood drive in the region and the department or squadron with the most donors at the end of the day will receive a trophy.
United Blood Services Manager, Rich Larcombe, says the blood drive is especially helpful for the summer months.
(Rich Larcombe, United Blood Services)"It's the summertime. Blood donations drop off dramatically in the summertime simply because people are much busier. They're schedules are open for vacations, softball, golf you name it and we start running short."
Monday marked the first day of the battle. It continues Wednesday from 11am to 7pm at the Sleep Inn Convention Center.