JACKSON – Six Flags Great Adventure will host the ninth annual Fright Fest Blood Drive on Saturday, Oct. 8, as part of the park’s 20th annual Fright Fest presented by Snickers®. All donors participating in this unique event will receive a free ticket to Fright Fest, the “Northeast’s Largest Halloween Party.” Fright Fest will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 1 through Oct. 30, plus Columbus Day, Oct. 10.
The American Red Cross is in urgent need of blood donations. “All blood types are needed – especially type O negative,” said American Red Cross spokeswoman Maureen Buehl of the Jersey Coast Chapter. “It only takes an hour, it’s convenient, it’s simple and you earn a free Six Flags ticket for helping to make a big difference.”
The American Red Cross approximates that only 38 percent of Americans are eligible to donate blood and of those, only eight percent do. That is equivalent to three out of every 100 people. One donor can make the difference between an adequate blood supply and a shortage.
According to the American Association of Blood Banks, a blood donation truly is a “gift of life” that a healthy individual can give to others in the community who are sick and injured. In one hour’s time, a person can donate a pint of blood that can be separated into three individual components that could help save multiple lives.
The blood drive will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the park’s Employment Center. Up to 200 donors are needed and those wishing to donate must make a reservation by calling 1-732-928-2000 ext. 2836. Donors will be directed to the blood drive by some of the park’s ghoulish Fright Fest zombies. Stop-by, roll up your sleeves and give the gift of life. Donors must be 16 years or older, weigh at least 110 lbs., have a photo I.D. and be in good health. Donors aged 16 must have a parent’s consent. American Red Cross information is available at www.jerseycoast-redcross.org or by calling 1-800-GIVE LIFE.
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