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Hundreds turn out for Bleed Blue blood drive despite weather

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INDIANAPOLIS -

The snowy weather Saturday morning led to some no-shows for appointments at the Bleed Blue blood drive but by afternoon walkin's made-up for it.

But by the end of the drive at Lucas Oil stadium more than 1,500 people donated blood.
 
The timing of this drive is key because typically donations drop off over the holidays but the demand remains steady.

Wendy Mehringer, Indiana Blood Center Chief Marketing Officer told Eyewitness News, "It's a daily need we know that we are shipping about 500 red cells a day out to hospitals across the state so we wake up every morning looking to collect that much and knowing holidays are coming and we may not see that in the coming days."

It is a popular event because the Colts open up the field for kids to throw the football, pose for pictures and enjoy concessions for half price.

There is also a health fair.  If you haven't been to this event sponsored by the Colts and WTHR be sure to mark your calendar next year for the Bleed Blue blood Drive.

Indiana Blood Center and the Indianapolis Colts are hosted the largest single-day blood drive in Indiana. To say thank you to volunteer donors, anyone who participates in the blood drive will receive a limited-edition Colts football featuring punter Pat McAfee.

The 2013 Bleed Blue Blood Drive and Health Fair included access to the field, a free health fair (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.), half-price concessions, free fitness classes, Colts Cheerleaders and Blue, free parking and much more. The event is designed to be family-friendly with free activities for all ages.

This year's event is supported in part by WTHR.

After Saturday's event, Indiana Blood Center will continue its Bleed Blue blood drives, offering Pat McAfee limited-edition footballs to participants in donor centers in late December and on select mobiles:

December 23 Greenwood Terre Haute

December 26 Fishers Lafayette

December 27 Muncie Columbus

December 28 Carmel Hendricks Regional Health YMCA (Avon)

December 30 Downtown Indianapolis

Now in its 14th year, the annual Bleed Blue Blood Drive traditionally attracts thousands of donors to both Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana Blood Center donor centers and mobiles each December, which is a time when blood supplies can become low due to the holidays and fewer donors.

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