Be adventurous: Donate blood and get a thrill pass

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – With the school year coming to a close, Kentucky Blood Center is offering donors a great opportunity to save lives and ride the rides this summer.

Lifesavers who donate at KBC’s Andover or Beaumont donor centers May 13 – 15 will get a free ticket to Kings Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati, good for use during the 2021 season.

“Last summer, the pandemic kept lots of folks from participating in their fun summer activities,” said Mandy Brajuha, Vice President of External Relations. “We’re offering local thrill seekers a chance to save the life of a neighbor in need and enjoy two great thrills as a result.”

The Lexington donor centers are open Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Appointments are preferred and can be made by visiting or calling 800.775.2522. Walk-ins are permitted as space allows. Masks are required while visiting the donor centers.

There is no wait time to donate after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Blood donors must be at least 17-years-old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. Donors must also show a photo I.D. with first and last name, like a state-issued driver’s license. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at

Celebrating more than 50 years of saving lives in Kentucky, KBC is the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky. KBC provides services in 90 Kentucky counties and has donor centers in Lexington, Louisville, Pikeville and Somerset.

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