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

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Pictures have surfaced from Las Vegas of thousands of people from the area, upon hearing the news, flooding to the local blood banks there to do their part to help the victims.

Our sister United Blood Services blood center in Las Vegas is providing blood and blood components to area hospitals treating victims of the concert shooting.

Bonfils tells us they're ready to send more blood as needed.

There are four Central Coast donor centers in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria or San Luis Obispo, or donors can book at a mobile blood drive by going to www.blood4life.org. The centers in Denham Springs, New Orleans East and Laplace are closed.

When Sarah Underwood heard about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, she knew she had to do something.

"The American people are so generous, that any community with a tragedy people step up", she said.

"I just wanted to help any way I could after I saw what happened", Aguila said.

They contributed water and food, provided comfort in the form of blankets, and donated money and blood.

“We are encouraging people to become ‘everyday donors, ” Lewis said, adding that people should not literally donate every day.

"We need blood", he said.

The blood center is taking all types of blood donations, but 0-negative donations are most needed. Blood has a shelf life of 42 days, and plasma lasts five days, so it's important they have a constant flow of donors. "Whether the need is local or somewhere else, we need to be able to respond instantly - and for that we need stronger inventories all the time".

On Sunday night, nearly as soon as reports started coming in of gunfire at an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas, local hospitals and medical personnel kicked into action. "I wasn't surprised that we had such a good turnout".

The campaign's initial goal was 500,000 but now that it has already raised more than $700,000, the goal was upped to $1 million.

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