Chargers fans came out in the spirit of giving Tuesday to donate blood and meet their favorite players.
The San Diego Blood Bank said the holiday season can be especially difficult for them as people tend to donate less blood.
This Chargers-sponsored drive, now in its 36th year, helps the blood bank out during a crucial season.
During that time, more than 73,000 pints of blood have been donated to 219,000 patients in the San Diego area.
People who give blood can meet their favorite Chargers players, take advantage of free bone marrow registry testing and enjoy a wellness zone where people can get their blood pressure and body fat tested. .
The drive runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Town and Country Convention Center in Mission Valley.