Pacers help boost Indiana blood supply

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Indiana Pacers are urging fans across Indiana to donate blood as they prepare for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals Friday night.

The Indiana Blood Center said due to the holiday weekend, they came up short this week to meet the full demand of units to area hospitals. IBC decided to celebrate the Pacers’ Wednesday night victory against the Heat by giving Lafayette donors a free limited-edition Pacers T-shirt if they donate.

Officials with the blood center said they hope sharing in the Pacers spotlight for the day will boost donor participation. During the summer months, blood centers across the state experience a drop in donations.

Donor specialist Reanne Hall said promotions like this are a good way to remind people about the importance of giving blood. She said her goal is to get new donors, but regular donors sometimes need a reminder to come back.

“We’re always out recruiting. We send emails to our donors that have been here in the past, encouraging them to come in and donate, because of this urgent need of O-negative blood,” Hall said. “I’m always going out into the community looking for other donors to come in and donate.”

The blood drive will take place Friday, May 30 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Indiana Blood Center, 2200 Elmwood Ave., Suite D-16, inside of Market Square in Lafayette.

IBC said walk-ins are always welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged.

For more information or to make an appointment, click here.

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