Give a Pint of Blood & See the Animals at the Kansas City Zoo

August 18, 2011

Presenting Blood Donors Receive Free Zoo Admission Ticket

(Kansas City, MO, Aug. 18, 2011)


            Visitors to the Kansas City Zoo on Saturday, Aug. 20 will not only see a wide array of exotic animals, but they can also help save lives! 

            The American Red Cross and the Kansas City Zoo will hold a blood drive on Aug. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Zoo Learning Center.  Everyone who attempts to donate blood will receive one free admission ticket (expires Dec. 31, 2011) and a coupon for a free box of six pieces of chocolate covered fruit from Edible Arrangements.

            Zoo visitors are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and help patients in need while also helping the Red Cross address a nationwide blood need.  More than 500,000 blood donors are needed during the month of August to help the Red Cross keep up with blood demand, and each and every donor can make a world of difference to a patient in need.

            Presenting blood donors at the Kansas City Zoo will not only receive a free admission ticket and a coupon for chocolates; they could also get a $250 gas card for their efforts!  Through Sept. 5, anyone who attempts to give blood at a Red Cross blood drive is automatically entered into a weekly drawing to win a $250 gas card.  During the Labor Day holiday weekend, presenting donors will be entered to win a $1,000 gas card.

            Blood transfusions are needed at area hospitals to treat injury victims, cancer patients, surgery patients and others, and blood products from the Red Cross are going out to hospitals almost as quickly as they are going in.  The Red Cross hopes those in attendance at the Kansas City Zoo on Aug. 20 will take an hour out of their day to help save lives.  Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred.  To make an appointment, visit and enter sponsor code: KCZoo.


How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit to make an appointment today. 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 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at