PITTSBURG — The Battle of the Badges blood drive was the most successful to date.
There were 131 units of blood collected, “which was 122 percent of our goal of 107,” Red Cross Volunteer Coordinator Paul Lyle said.
“I can't say thank you enough to the community for their support,” he said.
The blood drive was on Tuesday and Wednesday at Frisco Event Center. During the Battle of the Badges blood drives the Pittsburg Police and Fire Departments battle head to head for the best chili — along with encouraging the community to give blood.
In 2018, the Police Department won by three ballots and have defended their title of “Best chili served.”
The final tally was 79 a half ballots for the Police Department and 72 and a half ballots for the Fire Department. Each department was awarded a half vote for ballots indicating no preference or where both was selected, there were 11 such votes, Lyle said. Four ballots were left blank and by rule they were discarded.
An engraved chili pot trophy will be presented to the winning department at a later date.
“Many thanks to our donors, volunteer workers, Red Cross employees and especially to our fabulous police and fire departments personnel for making our drive a huge success,” Lyle said.
Future blood drives in 2019 are on March 25 & 26, May 21 & 22, July 22 & 23, September 17 & 18 and November 19 & 20. Each of the blood drives are located at Countryside Christian Church.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.