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Donate blood and win free tickets to the fair!

WATERLOO (KWWL) – Whether your favorite part of the fair is the food on a stick, the music or the rides, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to do their "fair" share to boost the blood supply by giving blood and getting a chance to win free admission to the 2010 Iowa State Fair.

From July 19 to July 31, all presenting donors at the Red Cross Waterloo Blood Donation Center can enter a daily raffle to win a four-pack of tickets to the Iowa State Fair.

"For many, school is just around the corner and vacation is almost done, but there's still time to help patients in need this summer and maybe get into the fair for free," says Greg Novinska, CEO of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. "To help our donors get into the ‘Fair' spirit, we'll also have Cracker Jacks in our refreshment area for everyone to enjoy."

Waterloo Blood Donation Center Hours:

2530 University Avenue

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Fridays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon

For more information on platelet donation hours, or to find out if you are eligible to donate platelets, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) and select option 2.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) or visit 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 permission 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.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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