Support Local Youth and Help Save Lives at the Black Hawk County Fair

July 26, 2012

WATERLOO, Iowa - The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood donors of all types. Fair-goers in the Waterloo area can help offset the summer dip in donations by giving blood on July 27 at the 100th Anniversary of the Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair held July 24-28 at the National Cattle Congress Grounds.

“Blood is a perishable product that can only come from generous volunteer blood donors,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “Whether you’re a participant or visitor attending the Black Hawk County Fair, consider spending an hour donating blood to support patients in Iowa and across the country in need of lifesaving blood.”  

Friday, July 27 from  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
National Cattle Congress Grounds, Pepsi Pavilion
257 Ansborough Ave., Waterloo, Iowa

The fair is free and open to the public with free parking available on the grounds. To thank those who generously give the gift of life, all presenting donors at the Black Hawk County Fair blood drive will receive a complimentary Red Cross t-shirt.

With extreme heat keeping some donors at home and severe storms forcing the cancellation of dozens of blood drives earlier in the month, the Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood donations. If at least three additional donors give at each blood drive through the end of July – above what the Red Cross already expects to collect - the blood supply would be sufficient to meet patient needs.

Red Cross blood donations are at the lowest they have been in 15 years. Public support from the organization’s late-June appeal helped temporarily stop a decline in the blood supply. However, the mid-week Independence Day and extreme summer weather have contributed to a decrease in donations lately.

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