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The Southern Nevada chapter of the Red Cross accepts donations on its website, by phone at 702-369-3674 or via mail at 1771 East Flamingo Road, #206B, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119. The Folsom Lake College Blood Drive is happening on Wednesday, October 4 & Thursday, October 5.

"We know that a large number of patients will need treatment and ongoing care", said Dr. James P. AuBuchon, president and CEO of Bloodworks Northwest, in a news release. Bloodmobiles will be onsite from 10am - 2pm by The Roost in the center of campus. Photos posted on social media show groups of people waiting in line to get into the United Blood Services. "Red Cross blood donations will become part of our national blood inventory, helping to ensure we are prepared for any blood needs that arise wherever blood is needed".

"Many of them stayed, and have already donated, and are now volunteering and passing out water to others in line", Julie Scott, a spokeswoman for United Blood Services, said, according the Times.

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Las Vegas police are appealing for blood donations as hospitals struggle to cope with the overwhelming demand for resources. Bonfils says donors should make an appointment to come in and donate so they have enough blooding coming into the center not just hours after the shooting but days and weeks later. All donors will receive a Give A Pint of Hope T-Shirt and MyBloodSource Reward.

The American Red Cross also offers guidance on local sites to donate blood in time of need. "Right here in South Georgia or North Florida because there are people every day who need help", said Michaels. The Community Blood Center in Topeka provided blood to emergency stricken areas like Florida and Houston following the hurricanes. It then takes another 48-hours for processing.

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