CINCINNATI -- Hoxworth Blood Center says anyone who donates blood this week will receive a free ticket to the Cincinnati Zoo.
Officials with the Hoxworth say the offer applies to those who donate blood or platelets to the center from Monday, July 2, through Friday, July 6.
The blood center says they're in "emergency need" of Type O blood.
“We need donors to respond immediately; especially as the 4th of July holiday approaches," Hoxworth spokesperson Alecia Lipton said.
Center officials say blood donations tend to fall as temperatures rise and blood usage increases, and that can result in lower blood supplies.
Hoxworth operates several donation sites. Those interested in donating can contact Hoxworth to find the most convenient site and schedule an appointment.