Stockton blood donors increase, helping victims in Las Vegas shooting

Outpouring generosity seen in Stockton as people go out and donate blood to Las Vegas victims

A gunman opened fired from a hotel room above an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, killing at least 59 and injured over 500. Many people are asking what they can do to help the victims including those in Stockton.

Amanda Dillard knew she had to do something, with having family in Las Vegas. So, she decided to drive to the American Red Cross Blood Bank in Stockton and donate blood.

"I mean I would hope that if something were to happen to my family and friends that more people would come out and do this," said Dillard.

Her friend Ruth Xiong went to donate blood, too.

"It makes me feel really good to be able to donate blood to others that need it really bad right now over there," said Xiong.

Staff at the blood bank on March Lane near I-5 says twice as many donors than usual are showing-up all because of what happened in Las Vegas.

It takes just a few minutes to donate a pint.

"Any type of blood is needed. Everybody has blood. Come and give," said phleobotomist Aleida Miranda.

Miranda says a donor should be in good health, well hydrated and typically not on medication, if possible.

The Stockton and Modesto blood bank locations are open seven days a week.

Call the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment or simply walk in.

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Amanda Dillard knew she had to do something.

With family in Las Vegas, she drove to the American Red Cross Blood Bank in Stockton and donated.

"I mean I would hope that if something were to happen to my family and friends that more people would come out and do this," Dillard said.

Her friend Ruth Xiong came to donate blood, too.

"It makes me feel really good to be able to donate blood to others that need it really bad right now over there," said Xiong.

The blood bank said twice as many donors are showing-up to donate blood than usual.

It takes just minutes to donate a pint.

"Any type of blood is needed. Everybody has blood. Come and give," said Red Cross phlebotomist Aleida Miranda.

She says just be healthy, well hydrated and not on medication, if possible.

And you can just walk on in like Jennifer Rea.

She had never given blood until today.

She was one of the first through the doors.

“I think often times when we watch these horrendous events that transpire on tv we feel helpless. And I think donating blood is a really good way to sort of like you really contributed and you helped give back," says Rea.

Vincent Sayles gave back, too.

But for him, it's not unusual.

He says he’s donated since the early 1990’s.

“People need. Gotta provide. They need it and I have it," says Sayles.

In a statement, the Red Cross says it was able to supplement Las Vegas hospitals with blood it had on shelves.

But it emphasizes more is always needed when tragedy strikes.

The Stockton and Modesto blood bank locations are open seven days a week.

Call the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment or stop by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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