Summer is an especially hard time for Red Cross blood banks across the nation.
High school and college students provide 20 percent of all blood donations during the school year. During summer vacation, very few of those students give blood which means two fewer donations a day compared to the rest of the year. That adds up to hundreds of pints of blood just in the Tri-State.
That's why the Red Cross is hosting its Celebrate Freedom Donorama Monday, July 14 and 21.
On both days, everyone who donates a pint of blood will receive a Holiday World admission ticket.
The giveaway makes this a very popular blood drive, so appointments for today have been filled since last week and appointments for next Monday are filling quickly.
They do accept walk-ins during the Donorama, but an appointment guarantees quick service.
Since giveaways like the free Holiday World tickets usually attract many first-time donors, they want to make sure everyone who comes is able to donate blood and isn't turned away.
Everyone should drink plenty of water before donating and bring two forms of identification.
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