JACKSON — Six Flags will host the eleventh-annual American Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, Sept. 28, where guests can donate a pint of blood to earn a free ticket to Fright Fest 2013. Fright Fest runs Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays plus Columbus Day through Oct. 27.
Blood donors must make an appointment between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and utilize the park’s employee entrance on Rt. 537, approximately ½ mile west of the park’s main entrance, to reach the Six Flags Great Adventure Employment Center, 1 Six Flags Boulevard, Jackson.
Reservations must be made by calling 732-928-2000 ext. 2834. Up to 200 donors are needed and will be taken on a first call, first serve basis. Must be 16 or older, at least 110 lbs. and in good health to donate. Visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure for more information.
The American Red Cross is in 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 is the nation’s largest blood collection organization, supplying more than 40 percent of the blood and blood products used in the United States.
Each year, the volunteers and employees of American Red Cross Blood Services collect approximately 6.5 million units of blood, from roughly 4 million generous volunteer blood donors. From these donations, the Red Cross is able to distribute around 9.5 million blood products each year, including 6 million units of red blood cells, to patients at approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
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 individual components, such as red blood cells, plasma, platelets, and cryoprecipitated AHF (antihemophilic factor). Each component generally is transfused to a different individual, each with different needs.
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