Arizonans Show Heart, Give Blood

blood_donationThe outpouring of support from Arizonans to the victims and families of the Las Vegas shooting has been overwhelming. Countless people from our state have turned out to give blood….so much so, one center even had to turn people away.

From Cronkite News/Arizona PBS:

Arizonans showed up in droves Monday to donate blood to help the victims of the Las Vegas shooting, and officials said the American Red Cross and United Blood Services collectively sent hundreds of “blood products” to help those injured. 

The interest in donating became so intense, people at one Red Cross bloodmobile in the Valley were turned away.

According to KJZZ Radio in Tempe, “Arizona Red Cross sent more than 250 units of blood to help the victims of Sunday night’s attack.”

Rita Jevicky with the Red Cross said continued commitment to donating blood is critical in preparing for unexpected tragedies.  

“It’s great that people go out and donate today, that’s wonderful,” Jevicky said. “But what we need to think about is that we need blood every day because we don’t know when these tragedies are going to occur.”

The Phoenix New Times added, “And although people understandably want to help the victims in Las Vegas by donating blood right away, making an appointment to donate can be just as effective, too. “Blood has a shelf life, so we can’t possibly collect all the blood that might be needed in the coming days and weeks in one day,” said Sue Thew, a spokesperson for Arizona’s division of United Blood Services. “We’re getting a lot of outpouring of people who want to donate today, but to be correct about managing the blood supply so that patients have blood available throughout their treatments, it’s important to make appointments to donate,” Thew explained.

To schedule an appointment, you can visit unitedbloodservices.org or call 877-827-4376. You can also go to the Red Cross the website www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Another way you can help, if you are so inclined, is through a GoFundMe page that has been set-up on behalf of the shooting victims. More than $8.5 million dollars has already been raised. Click here if you would like to help.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the incredible support Arizonans are showing as so many struggle to deal with this tragedy. It says so much about the people who live in our state and how deeply this shooting has touched us all. There will be a lot of talk in the coming days and weeks about guns, security, etc., but for now…..it is encouraging that so many of our neighbors simply want to help. That giving spirit is a big reason why we believe we will one day reach our goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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