Looking for a way to pay off your parking tickets? How about donating blood? In Cedar Rapids, you can do just that!

The city is hosting their second annual citation forgiveness blood drive.

The police department thought of the idea because there is a blood shortage in the summer months in the area.

After making a donation, donors will be forgiven up to $25 in parking citations.

“We want to show a strong community connection, and this is just how we’re, you know, using parking resources and, you know, somewhat of a, you know…negative kind-of perception of parking to turn it into something positive.”

The police department says the event serves a dual purpose by helping people settle parking violations and also helping those in need.