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Theme parks and Red Cross partner for summer blood donations

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on June 17, 2020 with No Comments

 The American Red Cross and Cedar Fair theme parks are partnering to offer a free Cedar Fair park ticket to those who come to donate blood at select blood drives. The Cedar Fair ticket offer will be available at these upcoming blood drives:

-        June 19, Valparaiso Public Library, 103 Jefferson St., Valparaiso, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

-        June 24, Fairhaven Baptist, 86 East Oak Hill Rd., Chesterton, noon to 6:00 p.m.

These drives come as the Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Blood and platelet donations are always needed, but especially during the summer months when donations tend to decline,” said Julie Brady, donor services executive for the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross is grateful to blood donors for coming together to support patients during this challenging time. Giving blood is a great way to help take care of each other during the pandemic.”

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, Kings Island and others, while supplies last. Tickets are valid during the 2020 and 2021 seasons, and other restrictions may apply. The partnership with Cedar Fair includes 10 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.

To learn more, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

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