After weekend storms, Indiana’s blood supply sees ‘significant shortage’ officials say

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana blood officials said Monday there is a significant shortage of blood, in part following Friday’s deadly storm that trapped hundreds of drivers on the interstate overnight.

The state’s largest blood drive, the Bleed Blue Blood Drive at Lucas Oil Stadium, was hosted Saturday while drivers were still stuck on the interstate and many Hoosiers choose to stay home instead of venturing out in the bad weather.

Officials said of the estimated 2,000 scheduled donations, only about 900 showed up.

“We are having to scramble and work really hard this week to try and regain those thousand or so appointments,” Andrea Fagan said, director of public relations with the Indiana Blood Center.

In response, the Indiana Blood Center is hosting Bleed Blue Part Two through Christmas Eve.

Hoosiers wishing to donate blood can do so at the center’s 3450 N. Meridian Street location in Indianapolis between now and Dec. 24. Donors will receive a limited edition Adam Vinatieri football at this location only.

Appointments can be made here or by calling 1-800-632-7422.