MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich. (WJMN) – The cities of Negaunee and Ishpeming are partnering with the U.P. Regional Blood Center in an inaugural competition called the ‘Fight to Fill the Blood Bank’. The competition hopes to spur donations to the center, which is currently facing a critical need for all blood types.

Ishpeming City Manager Craig Cugini met with Local 3 to discuss how the friendly competition came about between he and Negaunee City Manager Nate Heffron.

“I keep saying I’m picking a fight but Nate and I have a good working relationship. The city of Ishpeming and Negaunee are so close we have to do things together in order to be successful as small communities. This is the time of year where we’re gonna have wet roads, slick roads and people are gonna have accidents and there’s going to be a need for blood and if the blood center is out of blood then, you know, where are we gonna get it from? It’s just a fun way of poking but go Ishpeming beat Negaunee.”

To get involved, residents can donate blood to help Ishpeming’s cause on November 5 from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. at the Ishpeming Senior Center at 121 Greenwood Street in Ishpeming.
Negaunee’s drive will happen on November 10 from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M at Negaunee High School at 500 W Arch Street in Negaunee.

Afterward, donations for both sides will be counted and the victorious city will be awarded an honorary blood drive trophy.

Negaunee or Ishpeming: Which town has the most heart to win the Fight to Fill the Blood Bank?

To learn more about future blood drives happening in your community check out U.P. Regional Blood Center’s Facebook page.