News release from the American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana:
Cedar Fair theme parks and the American Red Cross partner to offer blood donors thrilling summer fun
Blood donors can receive a free Cedar Fair theme park ticket
(June 10, 2016) â€” This summer, the American Red Cross and Cedar Fair theme parks are partnering to offer a free Cedar Fair theme park ticket to those who come out to donate blood at select blood drives. Donors can also enter to win one of two grand prize packages for four to Knott’s Berry Farm in California or Cedar Point in Ohio.
“Blood and platelet donations are especially needed during the summer months when donations slow due to summer vacations and travel among regular donors,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region. “Thanks to the support of Cedar Fair, blood and platelet donors can help save lives and have the time of their lives at a Cedar Fair theme park.”
All those who come to donate at select blood drives will receive one free ticket, valid for entry to any U.S. Cedar Fair theme park, including Cedar Point, Kings Island and others, while supplies last. Tickets are valid for the 2016 season, and other restrictions may apply. Now through Sept. 5, donors can also visit redcrossblood.org/cedarfair to enter to win a grand prize package and take advantage of an exclusive ticket offer that gives $2 of each ticket purchased online back to the Red Cross.
The partnership with Cedar Fair includes 10 theme parks across the U.S. with a goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during the summer months when donations decrease but the need remains constant. “Even the most committed donors can forget to make time to give blood during the busy summer season,” said Wilson. “Hopefully, the opportunity to receive a free amusement park ticket will remind people to make summer blood donation a priority.”
Upcoming blood donation opportunities offering one free Cedar Fair theme park ticket:
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 consent 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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org.