Rodeo and blood aren’t strangers. However, one helping the other is a new twist.

Dr. JC Trotter announced recently that anyone donating blood at the July 24 and 25 blood drives would receive a voucher for a ticket to either the Wednesday or Thursday Roundup Rodeo performance at the Roundup Arena.

"They recently said something about having a full house and we said that’s fine," Trotter said. "We look at how we can help the community and we read in the newspaper how there’s an emergency with blood, so we thought this was a way we could help."

The American Red Cross recently put out an emergency call for donations as supply levels dwindled. A blood drive will take place at the Dodge City Senior Center on Central Avenue from noon to 6 p.m. on July 25 and 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 26.

Most families have been affected by the need for blood due to minor surgeries or serious accidents.

"I have another reason for trying to get more donations," Trotter said. "I have a grandson who has been diagnosed with leukemia and he’ll need blood.

"The best thing about donating blood is because it knows no issues with race, gender or anything else. It’s all the same and all humans need it in times of emergencies."

Trotter said the Roundup tries to give back to the community in many ways, including offering a scholarship in the near future to students who will pursue an ag-related field.

"Our rodeo does a great job of helping others," Trotter said. "We have the space for more fans on Wednesday and Thursday nights at the rodeo, so why not give tickets to those who donate.

"Fans can redeem those vouchers for tickets or upgrade at a small price to better seats."

For more information visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

 

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