If you're looking for ways to help out our community, one way to do so is by giving blood. On Wednesday, July 6th, and Thursday, July 7th, you can do just that with the 11th annual 'Guns and Hoses' Blood Drive.

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What is the 'Guns and Hoses' Blood Drive?

This blood drive is a friendly competition between Abilene Police Department and the Abilene Fire Department. It was started in honor of fallen officer Rodney Holder, and encourages first-responders to donate blood as well as the community.

When and Where is the Blood Drive?

The blood drive will be on July 6th and July 7th. This year, there will be two different locations where you can make a donation, Hendrick Medical Blood Center at 1701 Pine Street or you can find the 'Bloodmobile' at the KTAB/KRBC studios, 4510 S 14th in Abilene.

Hendrick Regional Blood Center
Hendrick Regional Blood Center
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I think it's super cool that APD and AFD get together each year for this blood drive. These heroes do a lot for our community so it only makes sense that we help them help our community by donating blood. It only takes a few minutes to give the gift of life.

Make sure you designate your donation for either 'Guns' or "Hoses' which will ultimately benefit the entire community.

If you need more information, check out Hendrick Regional Blood Center's Facebook page.

Speaking of heroes, check out this gallery of some other local people that go above and beyond.