A Community Blood Center of the Ozarks blood drive is planned for today at Texas County Memorial Hospital.

The Dickerson Park Zoo is celebrating its 100th birthday this year — and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks donors are invited to join the party. CBCO, the sole supplier of blood,  platelets, and plasma to patients at 44 area healthcare facilities, is partnering with the Dickerson Park Zoo to help boost the region’s blood supply for local patients. 

Go wild about saving lives and donate blood at the upcoming blood drive in Houston on Friday, Sept. 8.

Successful donors will receive two free admissions to Dickerson Park Zoo, valued at $34. Zoo admission vouchers are valid through July 31, 2024. No other discounts or coupons apply. Donors will also receive a limited-edition zoo-themed T-shirt, while supplies last. 

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks donors provide all the blood for patients at Texas County Memorial  Hospital, Ozarks Healthcare, as well as dozens of healthcare facilities across the Ozarks. Houston area residents  will have the opportunity to donate at the following location:

Texas County Memorial Hospital 

Community Safe Room 

1333 S. Sam Houston Blvd., Houston

Friday, Sept. 8

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To help avoid wait times, appointments are strongly encouraged. Donors can schedule an appointment at  https://www.cbco.org/donate-blood/ or by calling 417-227-5006.

Photo identification is required. Please eat well and drink plenty of fluids prior to the blood drive. Each donation can help save the lives of up to three people in the Ozarks.

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