Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

December 25, 2013

Colts fans Bleed Blue for Indiana Blood Center

By Brenda L. Holmes brenda.holmes@flyergroup.com
Hendricks County Flyer

---- — 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.”

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.