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OBI offers assistance to Las Vegas shooting victims

06 Octobre 2017

We Are Blood of Austin confirmed Monday that although it has seen an outpouring of support from local blood donors, blood banks in Las Vegas following a mass shooting Sunday night are not in immediate need of additional donations. Red cells have a shelf life of 42 days, plasma lasts for 5 days.

"We stand at the ready to help at any time", a Bonfils spokesperson said, confirming thousands of Coloradans have signed on to give, or already donating, blood.

Blood is desperately needed after approximately 50 people were killed and 400 were transported to local hospitals because of a mass shooting at a country music festival.

To donate blood, call the American Red Cross of Central Minnesota in St. Cloud at 320-251-7641 or stop by their offices at 1301 West St. Germain Street.

How can you help after the tragedy in Las Vegas.

"I donate blood every 56 days if I am able".

Clark County commissioner Steve Sisolak said blood centers in Las Vegas have wait times that are up to eight hours long.

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The American Red Cross website has a section on blood donation eligibility and requirements for those who wish to find out more information.

Al Mancini was waiting to give blood when he tweeted, "Las Vegas cares".

Tragedies like Sunday nights do serve as a reminder to donate but the Red Cross tells us they are nearly always in need of blood.

If you recently got a tattoo, you can also donate blood as the old ban has changed. The organization isn't accepting financial donations specific to Las Vegas, but it continues to accept money to help with other disasters, such as the recent hurricanes.

"It's the right thing to do", she said.

"These tragic events serve as a reminder of why it is so important for us to be doing our part with blood donation", Merritt said.

OBI offers assistance to Las Vegas shooting victims