Van Buren police and firefighters will face off once again in the annual Boots and Badges Community Challenge Blood Drive on Tuesday, June 12.

Area residents can support the Arkansas Blood Institute and their favorite emergency response agency by donating blood at the drive at the Family Life Center at Van Buren First Baptist Church from noon to 6:30 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, call (800) 934-9415 or (479) 452-5880.

Donors will received a limited edition Boots and Badges T-shirt and their choice of a voucher for two to Safari Joe’s H20 Water Park or Science Museum Oklahoma.

Arkansas Blood Institute depends on blood drives at area school districts during the school year, but suffer shortages during the summer months when school is out, said Erin Goff, account consultant for ABI.

In an effort to stave off those summer blood shortages, members of the police and fire departments recruit and encourage residents to attend the drive on their behalf. The effort of donating shows support not only for that agency, but for those desperately in need of blood.

While the competition is friendly and for a good cause, both Stanley Clark of the Van Buren Fire Department and Detective Jonathan Wear with the police department will attend the drive and try to sway donors to give on their behalf.