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Versiti Hosts 'Season of Giving' Blood Drive at Milwaukee County Zoo; Dec. 27 & 28

Milwaukee – December 21, 2021

Join Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin for the 21st annual Season of Giving Blood Drive at the Milwaukee County Zoo on Monday, Dec. 27 – Tuesday, Dec. 28. Versiti hopes to collect more than 500 units of lifesaving blood during the two-day drive.

As a token of gratitude, all attempting donors will receive free same-day zoo admission, along with a ticket for a future visit, a $10 e-gift card and a festive Bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes. All donors will also automatically be entered into the Drive to Save Lives Sweepstakes to win an SUV.

To make an appointment, call 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376) or visit versiti.org. Details below:

WHEN:                Monday, Dec. 27 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

                             Tuesday, Dec. 28 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE:              Milwaukee County Zoo (10001 W Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53226)

                             Peck Welcome Center

FREE parking on-site

The need for blood continues to escalate as blood donations nationwide remain lower than average. The recent tragedies in the Midwest, coupled with the loss of many appointments due to holiday events, make the need even more urgent.

All blood types are needed, with type O-positive and O-negative most in demand. O-positive is the most common blood type, while O-negative blood is the universal type that can be received safely by all patients in emergencies when the blood type is not known.

Anyone 17 or older who is in good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. Appointments are preferred to ensure a quick and convenient donation, but walk-in donors are also welcome. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes their birth date.

For additional information about the Drive to Save Lives sweepstakes, including how to enter without a blood donation, please visit the sweepstakes webpage at bit.ly/3xDaUBq and see the official sweepstakes rules at bit.ly/drivetosavelifes.

ABOUT VERSITI BLOOD CENTER OF WISCONSIN

Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Milwaukee 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 lifesaving products and services. For more information, visit versiti.org/WI.

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