Bonfils Blood Center encourages community to donate blood to be sent to Las Vegas hospitals

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Las Vegas law enforcement officials stressed the need for blood donations, and volunteers answered the call. Lines at hospitals there were as long as eight hours on Monday as people stepped up to help.

People here in Colorado Springs volunteered to help, too.

Bonfils Blood Center had a steady flow of people coming forward.

Blood can be used as soon as 48 hours after it’s donated, and even though it may not be sent to Las Vegas, it allows the other blood on the shelves to be shipped out immediately.

Scott Cannon came in with his girlfriend after seeing the news.

“I felt the need to come out for the victims in the Las Vegas shooting, the critical need for blood. I wasn’t there, but I just wanted to help out any way I can,” he said.

Bonfils spokeswoman Liz Lambert said Monday the immediate needs of the shooting victims have been met, so donors are encouraged to schedule appointments to give blood later this week, or within the next few weeks.

As of Monday afternoon, more than 700 donors had registered to give blood at Bonfils donor centers in Colorado. That’s double the typical number for a Monday this time of year.

Bonfils’ Colorado Springs donor center is located at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard. Call 303-363-2300 or 800-365-0006 and select option 2 to make an appointment.

While O-positive, O-negative and platelet donations are most needed whenever tragedy strikes, Bonfils urges both existing and first-time donors of all blood types to come in and donate.

>> See all eight Colorado donor centers and mobile blood drive locations.

People who are as young as age 16 (with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood.

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