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Give Blood, Get Free Admission to Zoo - Red, White & You Community Blood Drive - July 1-3, 2010

Central Plains Blood Services Region

May 20, 2010

News Release

Media Contact:Jennifer L. Keller - (316) 268-0853 / Cell: (316) 558-2428

E-Contact Info:, @JenniferLKeller, @RedCrossBloodKS          



Give Blood, Get Free Admission to Zoo

Red, White & You Community Blood Drive – July 1-3


Wichita, KansasJune 2010 Most Americans will celebrate the Fourth of July with parades, cookouts and fireworks. The American Red Cross encourages you to start a new family tradition this summer – giving blood.

Your donation of blood during the Red, White & You Community Blood Drive, July 1 to 3, at the Sedgwick County Zoowill ensure the Red Crosscan keep blood on hospital shelves throughout the summer. This time of year, donations usually decrease because people are taking vacations and schools are not having blood drives.

Everyone who comes out to donate during the Red, White & You Community Blood Drive will receive a commemorative T-shirt, a ticket for free admission to the Zoo, and $4 entry per person to the Zoo for immediate family members — a family of four can get in for $12, when it would normally cost $37. These discount tickets may be used through July 5, 2010.

“Last year, the Red, White & You event raised 774 units of blood, and this year we hope to exceed this amount,” said Terri Dunaway, Interim CEO, Central Plains Region. “Please encourage your friends and family to come out for this event and help us boost our collections during the difficult summer months.”

Red, White & You Community Blood Drive Hours: Thursday, July 1 – 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, July 2 – 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 3 - 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Cargill Learning Center, Sedgwick County Zoo. Please Note: If you plan to bring a toddler, infant or child who requires special attention, please bring a friend to watch him or her while you donate. Children’s movies will be shown in the theater throughout the drive. The whole process takes about an hour.

Thursday, July 1 we invite all high school and college age students to come out for, “Celebrate Summer Day,” at the Zoo. All donors on this day of the Red, White & You drive will receive a coupon for a free Papa John’spizza. Participants will also have a chance to meet Michelle and Shane from the Kansas CWas well as DJs from T-95 The Rock Station.

Many thanks to the following local sponsors, that make this community event possible: Cargill, Ratzlaff Orthodontics, The Kansas CW, Today’s KFDI, T-95 The Rock Station, 104.5 The Fox, True Oldies – 1070AM, GLMV Architecture, Papa John’s, Wichita Canteen, Delta Dental, SMG, T-Mobileand the Sedgwick County Zoo.

How to Donate Blood:
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment today. Walk-ins are also welcome at this drive. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The American Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission.