Red Cross makes call for blood donations after Las Vegas mass shooting

Red Cross makes call for blood donations after Las Vegas mass shooting

"If more blood is collected than used, then it will be discarded, and that is not good stewardship". And starting in the wee hours of Monday morning, the people of Las Vegas were lining up in droves to help them.

Corley said Blood Centers of the Pacific, which has donation centers in Santa Rosa, Napa and San Rafael, stands ready to send blood supplies directly to Las Vegas.

"And we're booked solid for the next two weeks", said Chris Mollaun, the center's supervisor. It can take 24 to 36 hours to collect, test, process and distribute blood where it's needed.

Blood has a shelf life, so it is important donations are given on an ongoing basis.

"We have no idea how much blood has been lost when these types of events occur so you just want to make sure that you have ample amounts on hand", said Evans. "We've also sent units to Mexico City for the quake, and to Texas and Florida for the hurricanes".

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At Virginia Blood Services in Salem, James Camper is doing his part to help victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

A similar situation is occurring at Penrose Hospital's blood bank in Colorado Springs.

We'll be at Folsom Lake College this Wednesday from 10am - noon supporting BloodSource's blood drive, so please stop by and help support the relief effort. "But all of our blood stays within Colorado". Staff said most appointments were already filled, but walk-ins are welcome. Because of the increased interest, UBS said that donors may experience extended wait times when scheduling on the phone or online. "Only one percent do".

However, there is a way for people to help the city of Las Vegas during this tense time. With so many victims still in critical condition, blood donations are the most pressing need.

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