The American Red Cross partners with Cedar Fair theme parks to offer FREE tickets to anyone donating blood at select blood drives

By: Ananya Adur, Indiana Red Cross Volunteer

As summer approaches, many people are preparing for family vacations, spending time with loved ones, enjoying time outside, and so much more, which leads to a decline in blood and platelet donations. The American Red Cross and Cedar Fair theme parks are teaming up to encourage blood donors to help those in need. Each person that volunteers to donate blood will receive a free ticket to a Cedar Fair theme park as a thank you while supplies last. Tickets are valid for entry to participating U.S. Cedar Fair parks, including Cedar Point, Kings Island and others, while supplies last.

“The summer months are a crucial time for blood and platelet donations as donations tend to decline due to summer vacations and travel among regular donors,” said Julie Brady, Donor Services Executive for the Red Cross Indiana Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross is grateful to blood and platelet donors for coming together to support patients during this challenging time.” 

Below is a list of all the Cedar Fair Blood Drives in Indiana and Ohio.

Indiana North
DateDrive Sponsor NameStreet AddressCityStateZip CodeHours
6/24St. Piux X Church52553 Fir Rd.GrangerIN465302-7pm
6/28Center Lake117 Canal St.WarsawIN4658012-6pm
7/5South Adams Senior Center825 Hendrick St.BerneIN4671112-6pm
7/12Center Lake117 Canal St.WarsawIN465808am-2pm
7/12Central Branch YMCA1020 Barr St. Ft. WayneIN468029:30am-3pm
7/13Sonlight Community Church455 N. Gerald Lett Ave.AngolaIN4670311am-5pm
7/14Faith United Methodist Church22045 C.R. 18GoshenIN4652812-6pm
7/22Therma Tru8055 St. Rd. 9HoweIN467466am-12pm
8/4GracePoint2590 W. Morthland Dr.ValparaisoIN463859am-1pm
TBDIN Dept. of Transportation315 E. BoydLaPorteIN46350TBD
Indiana Central
DateDrive Sponsor NameAddressCityStateZip CodeHours
6/28YMCA Northwest2809 W. Purdue Ave.MuncieIN4730411am-4pm
6/29East Event Center502 E. Carmel Dr.CarmelIN460322-7pm
7/10Arthur Baxter YMCA7901 Shelby St.IndianapolisIN4622712pm-4pm
7/12Farmland Friends Church8311 US 32FarmlandIN473402-7pm
7/19JCC Indianapolis6701 Hoover Rd.IndianapolisIN4626010am-3pm
7/26The Shops & Perry Crossing2539 Perry CrossingPlainfieldIN461683-8pm
Indiana South
DateDrive Sponsor NameAddressCityStateZip CodeHours
6/30College Park Church1936 College Ave.HungtingtonIN4675012-6pm
7/7Woodburn Community Center22735 Main St.WoodburnIN4679711am-4pm
7/10Heartland REMC350 Wedcor Ave.WabashIN4699211am-5pm
7/20Abundant Life Church105 S. Benton St.PeruIN4697012:15-6:15pm
7/21Zion Lutheran Church101 E. North St.Columbia CityIN467251-6pm

The American Red Cross supplies approximately 40 percent of the country’s blood, and in order to continue doing so we need more people to roll up their sleeves and donate, helping those in need every single day. In order to donate blood, healthy individuals can make an appointment through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting the website, calling the number 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on an Alexa device. If you are donating blood, please make sure to schedule an appointment prior to arriving, and wear a face mask while at the blood drive. 

At the check-in, a blood donor card, driver’s license, or two alternate forms of identification are necessary, otherwise you will not be permitted to donate. People who are eligible to donate must be 17 years old (or 16 with parental consent where allowed by state law) with a weight of at least 110 pounds and in good health. Donors who are 18 years old or younger also have specific weight and health requirements in order to donate blood. To save time at blood drives, donors can also complete their pre-donation health history questionnaire online. This can be done the day of the blood drive prior to arriving at the site. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.ord/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

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