Blood donors get Cedar Point tickets

Staff report

The American Red Cross, in collaboration with Cedar Fair theme parks, will offer a free Cedar Fair park ticket to donors at select blood drives including one at the Napoleon American Legion.

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 Sandusky.

“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 the 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 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 has 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 include a blood drive Thursday, June 29, noon-6 p.m., at the Napoleon American Legion, 500 Glenwood Ave.

All blood types are needed. 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.

Staff report