June 4 – CLEVELAND – The American Red Cross and Cedar Fair theme parks are teaming up to encourage donors to make this a summer full of life. Those who come to donate blood at select blood drives in the Northern Ohio area this summer will receive a free ticket to Cedar Point as a thank you for helping save lives. Blood drives from Cedar Point are scheduled in northern Ohio through August 4.
Blood and platelet donations tend to decline during the summer months when donors are busy with vacations and outdoor activities. Unfortunately, the craving for blood doesn’t take a summer break. Donors are needed every day to help ensure blood is on the shelves for patients.
Everyone who comes to donate at select blood drives will receive a free ticket, good for entry to Cedar Point, while supplies last. Tickets are valid during the 2022 season and other restrictions may apply. Check each park’s websites for information on capacity, dates, and hours of operation.
To find a Cedar Point blood drive near you and schedule an appointment, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter the sponsor code “CEDARPOINT”, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767 ) or download the free Red Cross blood donor app. .
Safety of blood drives
The Red Cross adheres to high standards of infection control and safety. The Red Cross will continue to socially distance where possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. Although donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, individuals may choose to continue wearing a mask for any reason. The Red Cross will also adhere to more stringent face mask requirements as per national and/or local guidelines, or as requested by blood drive sponsors. Donors are asked to make an appointment before arriving at the drive-thru.
how to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or activate the Blood Donor skill on any Alexa Echo device to book an appointment you or for more information. . All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply to patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. People who are 17 years old in most states (16 years old with parental consent where state law permits), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and under must also meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time on their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their reading and medical history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor app.