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Boots vs. Badges Blood Drive wraps up

The annual Boots vs. Badges Blood Drive just wrapped up. The annual Boots vs. Badges Blood Drive just wrapped up.
BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Blood shortages across the country reach dangerous levels during the summer.

The annual Boots vs. Badges Blood Drive just wrapped up - collecting blood for the hospitals in Beaufort County through the Blood Alliance.

The blood drive is a friendly competition between police and fire departments in the Lowcountry - honoring men and women working for the departments.

Organizers said that although it's a friendly competition - it's an important event.

"Blood is a perishable. It can't be manufactured or produced so people are the ultimate resource. It doesn't last long. It only lasts 42 days, so it's a constant need of replenishment in the community," said Jessica Matthews, a donor resource consultant.  

Those who donated on Monday got to vote for their favorite department. The winner will get a pizza party and bragging rights for the next year.

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