The Fourth of July holiday is traditionally one of the most difficult times of year for blood centers. In an effort to combat the predicted decrease in donations, the American Red Cross Blood Services – Central Plains Region is hosting the Red, White & You Community Blood Drive at the Sedgwick County Zoo during the Fourth of July weekend for the fifth straight year! Red, White & You (RWY) is the first blood drive in the history of the Central Plains Region to bring the entire Wichita community together at a special venue to donate blood. Wichita is joining the ranks of hundreds of communities throughout Kansas that frequently host successful community blood drives, allowing donors to give alongside their friends and family and then enjoy a fun day at the Sedgwick County Zoo. This drive brings in over 700 units of blood over the 3 day drive. The Red Cross has two branches that function separately, but work together to provide our ultimate goal – high quality, relevant services that help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Each service the Red Cross provides makes our community healthier, stronger or more prepared.
~ Saajan Bhakta