In an effort to boost slumping summer blood donations, BloodCenter of Wisconsin is offering Wisconsin State Fair tickets to blood donors through Aug. 11. Donors will receive a free state fair ticket by giving blood at one of BloodCenter’s local donor centers:
- Brown Deer, 5960 W. Brown Deer Rd.
- Kenosha, 8064 39th Ave.
- Milwaukee, 638 N 18th St.
- Racine, 1120 S. Sunnyslope Rd.
- Sheboygan, 1018 S. Taylor Dr.
- Waukesha, 2111 Springdale Rd.
- Wauwatosa, 8733 Watertown Plank Rd.
- West Bend, 130 Valley Ave.
Donors are asked to mention “summer” when making their appointment by calling 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376) or (414) 937-6199 or by entering “summer” into the comment box on the confirmation page during online registration.
BloodCenter’s Give Blood, Go Free promotion is an effort to increase blood donations during busy summer months when donations dip because of summer travel and fewer school and community drives. BloodCenter must see at least 800 donors each day in order to meet the needs of the hospitals it serves.
The unique gift of blood can help save the lives of children and adults who are seriously injured, undergoing surgery or being treated for cancer and other illnesses.
Anyone 17 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. 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. For more information, call 1-877-BE-A-HERO or visit www.bcw.edu.