Red Cross: blood supply adequate after Vegas shooting

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The images from the night of the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas drew shock across the nation, but few places in America are as familiar with mass casualty events like Colorado. The Folsom Lake College Blood Drive is happening on Wednesday, October 4 & Thursday, October 5.

"We are seeing tremendous response from the community and we very much appreciate everybody's support", Kleman said. Bloodmobiles will be onsite from 10am - 2pm by The Roost in the center of campus.

"While our primary mission supports local patients, when catastrophes happen we do whatever we can to help - even when local supplies are as tight as they've been in recent weeks", AuBuchon said.

In the United States, someone needs blood every two seconds.

At Virginia Blood Services in Salem, James Camper is doing his part to help victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

"That just really highlights the need for having blood on our shelves, all throughout the country, so that we can respond to situations within 24 hours or nearly immediately", said Red Cross Regional Chief Operating Officer Scott Aminov. All donors will receive a Give A Pint of Hope T-Shirt and MyBloodSource Reward. "And then if so, if they need help, then absolutely we will send what we can".

The recent tragedy in Las Vegas deeply affected many people.

Regardless of where the need is, Laura Merritt, a Donor Recruitment Representative for American Red Cross, said all donations help.

Blood has a shelf life, so LifeShare needs donations on an ongoing basis.

"We are in the process of preparing a shipment of blood and platelets to be sent to them as soon as possible and remain on standby to assist further if needed", according to the news release. "And once you find out how easy it is or how necessary it is, I hope these people will continue donating", Myers said.

Hoxworth has seven donation centers all across the Cincinnati area, with hours available on evenings and weekends, too.

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