Locals line up to give blood following Las Vegas tragedy

El Paso blood donations headed to Las Vegas

At this time, United Blood Services is able to meet the blood needs of victims of the concert shooting being treated at our hospital partners-including University Medical Center (UMC) and other area hospitals. Bonfils Blood Center at Austin Bluffs Pkwy and N Academy Blvd stayed open an hour after closing time Monday to take donations.

Blood donors from Redding are responding to the call for more donations to help people wounded in the Las Vegas attack.

The center had not yet been asked yesterday to supply blood products to Las Vegas victims, but was "really just being prepared" in calling up regular donors and opening its doors to new ones, collection manager Renee Gipson said.

While we are in awe of the incredible outpouring of support from the hundreds of local residents and from those across the country, it's important to note that in any situation where blood transfusions are needed, it's the blood already on the shelf that saves lives.

The blood center, which collects donated blood, platelets and plasma in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Menlo Park five to six days a week, had planned to close all three of its brick-and-mortar locations for an employee retreat yesterday, but ended up opening in Palo Alto until 3 p.m. yesterday to collect donations from eager donors. The San Diego Blood Bank can not do what it does without people like you who step up in times of need. Monday, they are dealing with heavy traffic from people looking to make a difference.

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United Blood Services Central Coast stands ready to send blood to Las Vegas if needed.

"During tragedy, its the blood on the shelves that is saving lives", said Tesia Hummer with the Inland Northwest Blood Center.

The shipment had 50 units of O negative blood and 5 units of O positive blood.

Donors who are as young as 16 years old must have parental consent.

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