Local blood centers encouraging donations

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The manager at Bonfils Blood Center said more than 600 people across 8 sites donated blood Monday. "However, to effectively manage the blood supply for patients, we are asking donors to make appointments to give blood throughout the coming days and weeks", said Kevin Adler, another spokesman for Blood Centers of the Pacific. Bonfils Blood Center at Austin Bluffs Pkwy and N Academy Blvd stayed open an hour after closing time Monday to take donations.

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting attack in US history, the country is coming together to help the best way they can by donating blood.

In the wake of the shooting, Blood Assurance has been in touch with local Las Vegas blood suppliers and learned that they have enough blood on hand to support the local trauma centers and are shipping in additional type O red blood cells and platelets to replenish inventory at this time.

While Ayer said the blood bank is good right now he stressed the importance for people to donate on a regular basis to keep supplies full.

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"Every two seconds in the USA somebody needs a blood transfusion and that's just on a regular day", Lambert added.

People here in Colorado Springs volunteered to help, too.

Staff at Bonfils say by having a consistent set of donations, the blood they collect here can go wherever it needs to across town or around the nation. One in seven people entering the hospital needs blood, every three seconds someone in this country relies on blood. Walk-ins are welcome at any of our locations.