Following Vegas Mass Shooting, Local BloodSource Center Sees Uptick in Donations

Bonfils Blood Center seeks donations after Las Vegas massacre

Bonfils Blood Center seeks donations after Las Vegas massacre

Following the shooting, the Red Cross provided more than 250 additional blood products to local hospitals to help those injured.

With many still in the hospital fighting for their lives, citizens of Las Vegas are doing their part to help the victims by donating blood.

Staff at the blood bank on March Lane near I-5 says twice as many donors than usual are showing-up all because of what happened in Las Vegas.

In the wake of recent natural disasters, the American Red Cross put out an urgent request for blood donations.

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"You just feel bad for everyone involved, so if you can do a little something to help, that's always nice", said Heidi Welsh.

Both INBC and United Blood Services Nevada are owned by the same parent company, Blood Systems, she said. Bonfils is also in need of platelet donations.

The blood center was flooded with calls and a steady stream of donors.

The blood center is taking all types of blood donations, but 0-negative donations are most needed.

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"If it was my family, I'd want people lining up here", Gilliland said as she waited to donate her blood.

Daniel Kaufman donates blood every few months.

Blood centers across the country have been put on standby to help steady the potential ripple effect this large scale incident could create.

One whole donation, or unit, can save three lives; but the Inland Northwest Blood Center wants to make it clear, donations today may not go directly to Las Vegas. It can take 24 to 36 hours to collect, test, process and distribute blood where it's needed. "Now we are being asked to schedule with (United Blood Services), but the next appointment I see is eight days from now".

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