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

July 30, 2012

Presenting Blood Donors Receive Free Zoo Admission Ticket


            Visitors to the Kansas City Zoo on Saturday, Aug. 11 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 August 11 from 8:30 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, 2012).

            “In addition to conservation of environments and wildlife, the Kansas City Zoo endorses blood donation for the preservation of human life,” said Julie Neemeyer, Director of Marketing and Membership for the Kansas City Zoo.  “The Zoo is proud to host a blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross. We invite all Kansas City metro residents to take advantage of this opportunity to give back to their community and enjoy a fun-filled day at the Zoo!”

            Zoo visitors are encouraged to roll up their sleeves this summer to help patients in need.  The Red Cross typically sees a drop in blood donations during the summer months; in fact, in June of this year donations nationwide were down more than 10 percent.

            Blood transfusions are needed at area hospitals to treat injury victims, cancer patients, surgery patients and others, and the Red Cross hopes those in attendance at the Kansas City Zoo on August 11 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 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