Give Life and Celebrate Summer at the Milwaukee County Zoo

June 6, 2012

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - This month, Milwaukee-area residents will have the opportunity to check a few items off their summer bucket list when they donate blood through the American Red Cross. Those who present to donate blood at the Milwaukee County Zoo Blood Drive on June 13 will receive a complimentary Summerfest ticket (general admission on weekdays from noon to 4 p.m.) along with free admission to the zoo and parking for the day.

Wednesday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
West Blue Mound Rd., Milwaukee

“Giving blood at the Milwaukee County Zoo Blood Drive is a great opportunity for individuals to support patients in need and partake in some of the city’s great attractions,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “We’re asking eligible donors to help boost the blood supply during the summer months, a time when blood donations tend to decline.”

As part of the Red Cross’ Live Life. Give Life. summer-long promotion, all presenting donors will also be entered to receive a prize certificate package worth $5,000 redeemable at One lucky donor will be able to live a little, using the prize certificate to choose from hundreds of available prize options.

On June 14, the day after the Milwaukee County Zoo blood drive, nations around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day – a time to celebrate those who donate blood to help save lives without expecting anything in return. All blood types are currently needed to help maintain sufficient supplies for patients in Wisconsin and across the country. Eligible donors with O positive and negative, B negative and A negative blood types are encouraged to donate double red cells where available.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at