Before busy summer schedules set in, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to roll up a sleeve to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need.

Donors of all blood types are needed now to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving cancer treatment.

Kenneth Reed gives blood in his son's honor. When Trace was 8 days old, he underwent heart surgery and received blood transfusions. "It's the least I can do. If it wasn't for donors, he wouldn't be here with us today," said Reed. "I don't call it donating blood; I call it donating life."

Giving blood is an easy and thoughtful way to honor a loved one who has relied on blood products, to follow in the example of a family member who gives regularly or to simply help others.

As a thank you, those who come out to donate May 26-30 will receive a Red Cross-branded visor, while supplies last. When you come to give in Central Ohio Region now through Aug. 31 you will receive a buy one get one free entry coupon to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and be entered to win a drawing for four tickets to Zoombezi Bay.

In addition, everyone who comes to donate now through Sept. 4 can receive an exclusive Cedar Fair ticket offer that helps support the Red Cross, and enter to win one of two grand prize packages for four to Knott's Berry Farm in California or Cedar Point in Ohio.

Blood drive participants can go to redcrossblood.org/cedarfair to purchase discounted tickets for gate admission and enter to win one of the two grand prize packages. For each ticket purchased through the website, Cedar Fair will donate $2 to the Red Cross to support its humanitarian mission.

Terms and conditions apply and are available at redcrossblood.org/cedarfair.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Donors can then also visit redcrossblood.org/cedarfair to enter to win one of three grand prize packages for four to Knott's Berry Farm in California or Cedar Point.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Coshocton County

June 1 -- Earl's Dari Drive In, 708 Otsego Ave., Coshocton, 3 to 8 p.m.

June 13 -- Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 Pleasant Valley Drive, Coshocton, 12 to 6 p.m.

June 14 -- Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 14 -- Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 22445 County Road 10, Fresno, 3 to 8 p.m.