Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dear Tampa Bay Locals: Let's Give Blood to Meet Mickey

Over the years, many charities and advertising agents have urged us to donate blood - from celebrity advocacy spots to witty superhero cartoons PSAs from the Ad Council (including one when the superhero has toilet paper sticking out of his butt), but we have our own excuses, including the fears of needles and being dizzy and weak afterward. Hopefully, this is about to change when Florida Blood Services, my local blood bank, is one of the first organizations to participate in the Give A Day, Get A Disney Day campaign.

I know what you're thinking, worried parents - your children may be too young for that. Luckily, if they weigh less than 110 pounds and are under 16, they will be offered to help the donors with food and other things other than the actual donation. All you have to do is to sign up at the official Disney Parks site (make sure you search for Florida Blood Services and sign up for that), schedule your appointment via phone, participate on the day of your appointment, and print (via email) your verified confirmation voucher to be presented at the Will Calls. Have a multi-day ticket or pass? Either donate the voucher granting free admission through December 15, 2010, to a charity designated by Disney or get a Special FASTPASS. (I'll take the FASTPASS any day, mate!) As the Mouse states, there's only room for 1 million free admission vouchers, so this offer is at a first-come, first-serve basis.

For all you Tampa Bay denizens like me: if you like slower seasons and Disney magic, why not give a pint of your blood or your time, talent, and treasure to your participating donation locations.


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