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Go Wild and Help Save Lives at Brookfield Zoo Blood Drive

On Aug. 5, the American Red Cross is partnering with Brookfield Zoo and ABC 7 Eyewitness News to host the Brookfield Zoo Summer of Connections Blood Drive to help ensure hospital patients have the blood products they need this summer. 

Summer is a crucial time of year since blood donations tend to decline as schools are out of session and families are out enjoying vacations. But cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and many others can’t take a summer break from needing potentially lifesaving blood transfusions. The Red Cross is encouraging all eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve at Brookfield Zoo to help prevent a seasonal shortage. 

“The Brookfield Zoo Summer of Connections Blood Drive is the perfect opportunity to make a difference this summer and have some fun at the zoo,” said Fran Edwardson, CEO, American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois Region. “Patients in Chicago and surrounding areas are counting on generous blood donors to help them spend more summers with their loved ones.” 

Brookfield Zoo Summer of Connections Blood Drive Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery Center, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield, Ill. 

To pre-register, make an appointment to donate by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting (enter sponsor code “Brookfield Zoo”) or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

All pre-registered blood donors will receive free zoo admission the day of the drive for one adult and up to two children and free parking in the Discovery Center Parking Lot. Additionally, walk-in blood donors will receive a ticket for free zoo admission on a return visit. 

All presenting donors will also be treated to a Blood Donor Block Party grill out, sponsored by Suburban Propane. Free childcare will be provided for blood donors at the blood drive and fun activities for kids will be offered. 

Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available this summer. Go wild for patients in need and sign up to donate blood at Brookfield Zoo on Aug. 5. 

How to donate blood Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

About the American Red Cross 

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.