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Local blood centers encouraging donations

Local blood centers encouraging donations”

The requested blood, particularly universal donor Type O-negative, will likely go to replenish regional reserves that are now headed to Las Vegas hospitals where victims were taken, said Kent Corley, a spokesman for Blood Centers of the Pacific. "So it's a unique way to give back when tragedy strikes." said Tara Matheson, Manager of Donation Recruitment at Central Illinois Community Blood Centers.

You can also donate money to the Las Vegas Victim's Fund. They have been in close communication with area hospitals and stand ready to supply additional blood products as they are requested.

INBC has already sent 55 units of blood to help in Las Vegas.

Late Sunday night the Inland Northwest Blood Center sent 55 units of blood to their sister center in Las Vegas. "I want to donate and I'm not allowed".

"During tragedy, its the blood on the shelves that is saving lives", said Tesia Hummer with the Inland Northwest Blood Center. They ask donors to continue to give regularly to meet ongoing need for blood locally and nationally.

People in Colorado Springs are answering the call.

Whole blood donors are asked to schedule an appointment over the next few weeks to ensure available blood supplies.

United Blood Services is following suit with others by helping donating blood.

While O-positive, O-negative and platelet donations are most needed after a tradegy, Bonfils urges existing and first-time donors of all blood types to donate.

You are encouraged to make an appointment on their website but walk-ins are accepted.



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