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Red Cross Blood Drive


Tuesday, Feb. 16
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Akron Zoo Komodo Kingdom

The American Red Cross is in need of blood to help provide life saving treatments. You can help make a difference by signing up to donate blood at an Akron Zoo Blood Drive! All blood donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.

To be eligible to donate, you must:

  • Be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with parental permission
  • Meet height and weight requirements
  • Be in generally good health

How to Sign Up:

1. Identify the time that works best for you. 

2. Determine if you are donating blood (one pint) or Power Red (two pints). Power Red donations take 1 1/2 hours. 

3. Tap appointment time.

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The Donation Process 

Step 1: Registration

  • You will read information about donating blood.
  • You will be asked to complete a form with demographic and basic health information.
  • You will be asked to show an American Red Cross donor card or positive ID.

Step 2: Health history and mini physical

  • A trained staff person will ask you some health history questions during a private and confidential interview.
  • You will have your temperature, iron level, blood pressure and pulse checked to protect your health and well-being.

Step 3: Donation

  • Staff will cleanse an area on your arm and insert a needle for the blood drawing procedure.
  • The actual process of donating blood takes approximately 7-10 minutes.
  • When about a pint of blood has been collected, the staff will remove the needle and place a bandage on your arm.

Step 4: Refreshments

  • You will spend a few minutes enjoying refreshments so your body can adjust to the slight decrease in fluid volume.
  • Enjoy the feeling of knowing you’ve done something good.