Indiana Blood Center and the Indianapolis Colts will expand their Bleed Blue Blood Drive to Central Indiana on select days in late-December. Participants will receive a regulation-sized Colts football featuring punter Pat McAfee, while supplies last.
Hendricks County residents will have the opportunity to donate at the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA, located at 301 Satori Parkway, this Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The other December opportunities are Saturday in Carmel at 726 Adams St., Ste. 150 and Downtown at 3450 N. Meridian St. Dec. 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The weather didn’t stop Indianapolis Colts fans from coming out Sept. 14 to donate to the Indiana Blood Center when the Bleed Blue Blood Drive opened at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The blood drive and health fair offered a fun and informative family-friendly atmosphere for those willing to come out and give blood.
“We received 1,544 donations on Saturday,” Lucy Wehking, a media relations specialist for the IBC, said. “We were a little nervous at the beginning that the weather would keep people away, but by the end we had just what we needed.”
There were a few cancellations due to the weather so the blood center was able to accept some walk-ins.
Each donor received a Pat McAfee football, adorned with his photo and a copy of his autograph.
Donors also had access to the field, PLAY 60 Zone, and the health fair. Colts cheerleaders and players also stopped by to offer autographs. The Colts Super Bowl Trophy was available for viewing and Blue, the Colts’ mascot, made an appearance as well.
“One thing we do for the donor is a mini physical,” Wehking said. “The donors come in and fill out a donor registration form. They give a health history and some demographic information. We just want to make sure everyone donating blood is feeling healthy.”