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    Roll Up Your Sleeve and Roar for the Cause: The Brookfield Zoo Blood Drive!

    There’s a fantastic opportunity coming your way that not only lets you make a massive difference in someone’s life but also brings a day of wild fun for you and your family.

    Roll Up Your Sleeve and Roar for the Cause: The Brookfield Zoo Blood Drive!

    Over the summer, the American Red Cross noticed a dip in blood donations. Yes, the very essence that gives life! Hospitals are dispensing blood faster than it’s being donated. But here’s where you can leap into action and be a hero!

    Mark your calendar for Thursday, August 31, 2023. The American Red Cross and Brookfield Zoo are coming together for the 8th time for their Annual Blood Drive. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center is where you can don the cape of a savior.

    But that’s not all! As a huge ‘thank you’ for your generosity, every pre-registered blood donor will receive:

    Free zoo admission on the day for one adult and up to two kiddos.
    No-more-hunting-for-a-spot! Free parking in the Discovery Center Parking Lot.
    A snazzy Red Cross T-shirt to flaunt your good deed.
    And… wait for it… a $20 Gift Card **(yes, you read that right!) sent straight to your email (courtesy of their partners at Amazon***). Shopping spree, anyone?
    Just remember, make your grand entrance through the South Gate entrance at 3300 Golf Rd. Show your confirmation to the lovely gate attendant and they’ll guide you onwards!

    Leah Rippe, VP of marketing and communication for the Chicago Zoological Society, which looks after Brookfield Zoo, shares the joy and gratitude towards the families and Zoo employees who blend their support for this noble mission with a fun day at the zoo.

    Your donated blood can be a beacon of hope for accident victims, surgery patients, and even those battling diseases like leukemia, cancer, or sickle cell. With no substitute for donated blood and the need for over 13,000 blood donations daily across the country, every drop counts!

    Mark Thomas, the interim CEO of the Red Cross of Illinois, nudges all eligible donors, especially those with types O, A negative, and B negative blood, to consider a Power Red donation. It’s like supercharging your regular donation, making an even bigger impact!

    Want to join the mission?

    Just download the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit with the sponsor code: BrookfieldZoo. You can also dial 1-800-RED CROSS to book your appointment. Don’t forget your ID at check-in!

    For all you tech-savvy heroes, you can speed up your donation time using RapidPass®! Complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of your donation. Just visit

    About the American Red Cross:
    Beyond blood drives, this amazing organization aids disaster victims, provides about 40% of the nation’s blood, teaches lifesaving skills, offers international humanitarian help, and stands strong with military members and their families. Dive deeper into their incredible work at or give them a shoutout on Twitter at @RedCross.

    See you at the Zoo, heroes!

    **Restrictions apply, see
    ***Presenting donors who receive this offer and present to donate during the applicable promotional time frame are eligible to receive the above-described e-gift card(s). This offer is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. Limit one (1) per presenting donor unless otherwise indicated. [If a presenting donor qualifies for multiple offers, the donor will receive all offers unless otherwise indicated.] Instructions on how to redeem your gift card will be emailed to the address listed in the presenting donor’s American Red Cross donor profile approximately thirty (30) days after attempted donation(s). All gift cards are subject to individual merchant terms and conditions, and all trademarks are property of their respective owners. Merchants and offers are subject to change. No substitutions by presenting donors. American Red Cross is not responsible for lost, damaged, corrupted or stolen gift cards and may replace any such cards at its sole discretion. Any questions or problems in connection with redeeming gift cards must be directed to the merchant.

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