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Bellingham, Whatcom being asked to donate blood for Las Vegas shooting victims

06 October 2017

Those wanting to help victims of Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas by donating blood should make an appointment and spread out their donations, United Blood Services officials said Monday.

"Blood is as perishable as it is precious", Botos said. "That's the main thing right now is that if our people want to do something and they are healthy then please donate blood". And show up they did.

As always, those located outside Nevada who wish to donate blood can visit the American Red Cross website and enter their zip code to find the nearest blood drive.

By 10 a.m., ABC News estimated that the wait at one location had reached five hours, as hundreds of people lined up to try and be of service.

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"Only about 5 percent of eligible people do give and so it's a very small portion of the population that makes sure that all the patients are cared for", said Rhamy.

Already, though, the local Las Vegas community and communities across the country are coming forward in solidarity to support and honor those impacted by this senseless shooting.

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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.

BloodSource stands ready to send blood to Las Vegas if needed.

"The first 24 hours is extremely crucial, which is why it's important for donors to actually continually come in throughout the year so that theres a stable supply of blood on the shelf".

A unit of blood has a shelf life of 42 days, and the surplus will challenge blood banks to distribute and use it in a timely manner.

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Bellingham, Whatcom being asked to donate blood for Las Vegas shooting victims