The Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks donors are invited to join the party.
CBCO, the sole supplier of blood, platelets, and plasma to patients at 44 area healthcare facilities, is partnering with the Dickerson Park Zoo to help boost the region’s blood supply for local patients.
“Go wild about saving lives and donate blood at the upcoming blood drive in Willow Springs on Friday, September 22,” invite CBCO officials. Successful donors will receive two free tickets for admission to Dickerson Park Zoo, valued at $34. Zoo admission vouchers are valid through July 31, 2024. Donors will also receive a limited-edition zoo-themed T-shirt, while supplies last.
Community Blood Center of the Ozarks donors provide all the blood for patients at Mercy St. Francis Hospital in Mtn. View, Ozarks Healthcare in West Plains and Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, as well as dozens of healthcare facilities across the Ozarks.
Willow Springs area residents have the opportunity to donate from noon to 5 p.m. Friday in the fellowship hall of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 Main St. in Willow Springs.
To help avoid wait times, appointments are strongly encouraged. Donors can schedule an appointment at www.cbco.org/donate-blood or by calling 417-227-5006.
Photo identification is required. Donors are reminded to eat well and drink plenty of fluids prior to the blood drive.
Each donation can help save the lives of up to three people in the Ozarks, the CBCO notes.
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