ATLANTA, Ga. (Sept. 10, 2018) – The American Red Cross and Six Flags are teaming up to help ensure a stable blood supply for hospital patients in need. Volunteer donors are invited to give blood Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway, in Austell. Participants will receive free passes to Fright Fest, while supplies last.
The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients in need. Blood is needed for many different reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
“Donating blood is a great way to give back and help patients who don’t get a summer break from needing blood,” said Ronnika A. McFall, external communications manager for the Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region. “We thank Six Flags for being a longtime Red Cross blood drive sponsor and educating families about the importance of blood donation.”
Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.
How to donate blood
For more information and to make an appointment to donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) sponsor code: 6flags. Donors of 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.