This summer, the American Red Cross, Cedar Fair theme parks and iHeartMedia/Cleveland Region are partnering to offer a free Cedar Fair park ticket to those who come out to donate blood at select blood drives. Donors can also enter to win one of three 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 Christy Peters, external communications manager for the Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region. "Thanks to the support of Cedar Fair, 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 participating U.S. Cedar Fair parks, including Cedar Point, while supplies last. Tickets are valid for the 2017 season, and other restrictions may apply. Now through Sept. 4, 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 12 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 Peters. "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:
June 1, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at iHeartMedia, 7461 South Ave., Boardman, 44512;
June 7, 2017 from noon to 6 p.m. at Geauga County Fairgrounds, School Building, 14373 N. Chesire St., Burton 44021;
June 9, 2017 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ashtabula Towne Square, 3315 N. Ridge Road E, Ashtabula, 44004;
June 13, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Massillon Recreation Center, 505 Erie St. N, Massillon, 44646;
June 14, 2017 from noon to 6 p.m. at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave., Warren, 44483;
June 20, 2017 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Ehrnfelt Recreation Center, 18100 Royalton Road, Strongsville, 44136;
June 24, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Stephen Rung-Meno Memorial Blood Drive, 409 Armour Road, Avon Lake, 44012;
June 28, 2017 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Castaway Bay, 2001 Cleveland Road, Sandusky, 44870;
July 3, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fairview Recreation Center, 21225 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, 44126;
July 7, 2017 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn, 700 Beta Dr., Mayfield Village, 44143;
July 12, 2017 from noon to 7 p.m. at Dave & Busters, 25735 First St., Westlake, 44145 2017-APL- 00811;
July 18, 2017 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Heartland Community Church, 3400 Weymouth Road, Medina, 44256;
July 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cuyahoga Community College, West Campus, 11000 Pleasant Valley Road, Parma, 44130;
July 25, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Independence Community Center, 6363 Selig Drive, Independence, 44131.
How to donate blood:
Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.