Here's how to locally donate blood for Las Vegas shooting victims

06 October, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Keith Rowe
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Strube said if OBI collects blood in response to the Vegas shooting, it could end up in an overstock situation where some of the collected blood could go bad before being used. While the Red Cross is not accepting financial donations designated specifically for this event, they say they always need the public to help support the almost 64,000 other disasters we respond to every year around the country.

The Red Cross says the tragedy shows that emergencies can happen in any community at any time.

More than 500 people were injured in the mass shooting, that means the need for blood donations is massive and not just momentary.

By 10 a.m., ABC News estimated that the wait at one location had reached five hours, as hundreds of people lined up to try and be of service.

"There is no guarantee this is going to help someone in Las Vegas but people are people everywhere so if it will help somebody here, that's cool", said Dave Lucitt, another donor. "That's the first thing I did, was call and see if he was alright", said Camper.

The Community Blood Center supplies blood to about 55 local hospitals. Come out and help anyway you can. "People already lined up at United Blood Services to donate blood".

BloodSource stands ready to send blood to Las Vegas if needed.

If you are a grief counselor, consider volunteering your time in Las Vegas.

However, there is a way for people to help the city of Las Vegas during this tense time.

"It's really the blood that's on the shelves right now that's saving lives", says Shawn Shields, Senior Director of Donor Recruitment at Lifeblood. "It was devastating. It's so hard when it's in another country but then when it hits home- it's even more terrifying-so that motivated you to give blood", said blood donor Shannon Anderson.



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