The Brentwood Police Department and Brentwood Fire Department will host its annual Battle of the Badges blood drive May 5 at the FiftyForward Martin Center, located at 960 Heritage Way, Room B, Brentwood.

The drive comes as the American Red Cross is reporting a critical need for blood donations. According to the Red Cross, those who are vaccinated do not need to avoid giving blood, but are encouraged to bring their vaccine card to their donation appointment.

Donors must be in good health, be 16 years of age or older, and weigh more than 110 pounds.

Local donors can make an appointment for the Battle of the Badges by visiting www.redcrossblood.org and entering the code "rememberingthebadges."

Find more information about the blood drive here.