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Locals donate blood after hearing of Vegas tragedy

Locals donate blood after hearing of Vegas tragedy”

However, Matheson wants to remind people that they are always in need of blood donations. This network works in tandem, moving lifesaving donations throughout the system to help ensure blood is available when and where it's needed most.

Joe Ayer, Senior Manager Donor Recruitment and Hospital Services for BloodSource Shasta said blood banks will normally see an influx of donors after a large incident like this.

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

Ayer said it did not take long for the phones to start ringing and donors showed up for walk-in appointments. "During a time of tragedy like this one, obviously there's a high volume of blood that's needed in a short amount of time and that quickly impacts the blood supply". "I got out of bed last night about midnight or 1 AM and saw the tragedy in Vegas, I was completely heartbroken, and so I figured, instead of posting on Facebook or whatever else, I figured I am going to do my part and give some blood", said Jason Decunynck.

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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.

Blood has a shelf life, so it is important that donations are given on an ongoing basis. The blood donations collected here are not now expected to be needed in Las Vegas due to their suppliers and the massive donations made in Las Vegas, but blood banks try to always be prepared.

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