A medical technician gives the mini physical and checks the donor’s iron level, temperature, and pulse. The event accepted platelet donations, double red cell donations, and the most popular whole blood donations.
“This was a very successful Bleed Blue Blood Drive,” Wehking said. “We are so appreciative of all the people who came out to donate. We still had people travel from Fort Wayne and Terre Haute to participate — even in the bad weather.”
Now in its 14th year, the Bleed Blue Blood Drive traditionally attracts more than 5,000 donors to Indiana Blood Center each December, a time when blood supplies can become low due to the busy holiday season. Indiana Blood Center supplies blood and blood products to more than 60 hospitals throughout Indiana.
Appointments are encouraged as openings to donate fill up quickly. To schedule an appointment, visit the website www.indianablood.org/bleedblue or call 800-632-4722.
Indiana Blood Center was founded in 1952 and is a non-profit community resource organization dedicated to maintaining a stable blood supply for more than 60 hospitals throughout Indiana. In order to meet patient’s blood needs, Indiana Blood Center must see 550 donors every day. This goal is met with the help of 102,257 volunteer donors and through the dedication of more than 375 Indiana Blood Center staff who live the daily mission of delivering a constant, stable supply of blood components to patients in Indiana hospitals. Indiana Blood Center is the largest independent blood provider in Indiana and among the top 20 nationally, performing 150,728 procedures each year. Visit the website www.indianablood.org for more information or www.DonorPoint.org to schedule an appointment to donate blood.