Blood Drive To Be Held At Memorial Cruise-In Event Sat.

GERRY — The Community Blood Bank is partnering with Partners in Kind of Chautauqua County and the V-Dub Club to be a part of the third annual Reid Jones Memorial Cruise-In.

This is the first year the Community Blood Bank is holding a blood drive at the event.

All proceeds from the Reid Jones Memorial Cruise-In will benefit Partners in Kind of Chautauqua County. All units collected from the blood drive stay in the local community, as the Community Blood Bank is the exclusive blood provider to UPMC Chautauqua.

The event is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds on Route 60.

“We decided to do a blood drive (and Be The Match) this year to bring us closer to Reid and honor his memory by saving lives,” said Leah Marsala-Chase, member of the Reid Memorial Planning Team and board member for Partners in Kind. “We chose Fourhearts (CBB) to better help people locally.”

This year’s cruise-in will also have a car show with trophies made by the V-Dub Club, a chicken barbecue, children’s activities, a magician, vendors and basket giveaways. There is no charge to attend.

All Community Blood Bank blood donors in the month of September will be automatically entered to win two tickets to the Penn State football game against Ohio State. Since the game is at Ohio Stadium, the Community Blood Bank is also paying for a hotel room.

“The Community Blood Bank is honored the organizers chose the CBB to partner with for this event,” said Jaclyn Seymour, community relations specialist for the Community Blood Bank. “The Cruise-In honors a baby who lost his battle to leukemia. The Community Blood Bank is here to help provide the blood products needed for people, like Reid Jones, fighting illnesses that may require blood products to help sustain or save their life. This event is a wonderful fit for the CBB, and we are proud to be a part of an event that honors a baby boy gone too soon.”

Individuals are eligible to give blood if it has been 56 days since their last donation; they are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent); weigh at least 110 pounds; have not received a tattoo or body piercing in the past 12 months; are in good general health and do not have a cold or the flu.

Donors must have a valid photo identification in order to donate.

Prior to donating, those giving blood should eat a good, solid meal and drink at least 18 ounces of water. For more information, visit www.fourhearts.org or call 877-842-0631.