If You’re in Vegas — or Even if You Aren’t

(UPDATE: Blood Centers of the Pacific in San Francisco have a telephone number listed on their website for people to inquire about donating blood to help the survivors of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting.  I won’t share that number here because I don’t believe it goes to a national hotline.  However, the presence of that number in a red band at the top of the site’s home page suggests blood banks outside of Nevada are accepting blood to help in this emergency.  When viewing your local blood bank’s site, look carefully for the information because webmasters haven’t had time to make conspicuous changes on home pages.)  

At the end of this post you’ll see a link to a Fox News (sorry) article, reposted on MSN’s site.  It identifies two addresses where blood donations are being accepted today to help the survivors of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Unfortunately, a timetable isn’t listed in the article.  I haven’t had much luck doing quick research on the internet, but maybe potential donors around the country can just check their local blood banks’ websites (or call on the telephone. Try the websites first).  In the event blood is transported from different regions to treat people injured in this tragedy, your local blood bank might need help restoring their supply.

If you’re qualified to give blood, please consider doing this.  Survivors of the most recent — and so far, most deadly — mass shooting in the U.S. need all types of support, and we should be ready to offer whatever we can give.

There may be a fundraising drive, but be especially careful to verify the source before donating money.


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