Southeastern Wisconsin blood donors can get into the holiday spirit by donating blood at the 17th Annual Season of Giving Blood Drive Wednesday, Dec. 27 and Thursday, Dec. 28 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Peck Welcome Center of the Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee.
Brothers Alec and Grant Missall from Big Bend will be on hand, along with their mom, Patti, to share how the generosity of blood donors gave them a second chance at a healthy and happy life. Both Alec, 13, and Grant, 8, were born prematurely and required multiple blood transfusions to survive. “I am so thankful that somebody gave their time and their blood to save my sons’ lives — not once but twice,” says Patti.
BloodCenter hopes to see more than 700 donors during the event. Attempting donors will also receive:
- Complimentary zoo admission on the day of the drive
- A complimentary adult zoo ticket for a future date
- Free parking
- Free childcare
Anyone 17 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Appointments are preferred, but walk-in donors are also welcome. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date.
About BloodCenter of Wisconsin
BloodCenter of Wisconsin, part of Versiti, is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., that specializes in blood services, esoteric diagnostic testing, organ, tissue and stem cell donation, medical services and leading-edge research. We advance patient care by delivering life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical and scientific expertise. The collective efforts of Versiti affiliates result in improved patient outcomes, expanded access to care, and cost efficiencies for healthcare systems nationwide. For more information, visit www.versiti.org.