Give blood, go to the Faire

Free Renaissance Faire tickets to blood donors

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The summer sessions of the Monthly Blood Drive in West Milford historically tend to be the best attended. The reason, according to Chairman Jim Gilligan, is simple - those who donate in July will receive a free pass to the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo, New York.

Every person who donates on Sunday, July 20, will be rewarded with a pass to the Renaissance Faire held at Sterling Forest in Tuxedo, New York. Long-time donors know of the special relationship between the Monthly Blood Drive and the Renaissance Faire and look forward to the annual gift.

“One year we accepted 122 donations and hope to break 125 this year,” Gilligan said. “The exciting part is that we saw many first time donors who participated for the Renaissance Faire free pass but have become regular donors. By offering these tickets, the Renaissance Faire is not only attracting new donors who will continue to give for a long time, but also rewarding our long time donors.”

“We feel this is a way for the Renaissance Fair to give back to the communities that have supported us over the years," said Rikki Kipple, general manager of the Faire. "We have been associated with the Monthly Blood Drive for over 10 of its 15 years and are very proud to have been involved so early. We know the blood supplies are dangerously low during the summer months and we realized we could help by providing a unique incentive to donating. With gas prices continually rising, the Renaissance Faire is a great family attraction just minutes away.”

Opening Day of the Renaissance Faire is Saturday, Aug. 2, and it will be open every Saturday and Sunday, plus Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, through Sept. 21. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

The Monthly Blood Drive will be held Sunday, July 20, at the First Aid Squad Building, 619 Ridge Road, in West Milford from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointments are required and anyone age 17 and older who is in good health can donate. Sixteen-year-olds may also donate at the Monthly Blood Drive with a parental consent form. Donors should eat a good meal before donating and bring a signed form of identification. Additional staff will be available to speed the donation process. First timers are always welcomed.

For more information about the Monthly Blood Drive, contact Jim Gilligan at 973-728-4251 or jrg2y@yahoo.com.

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