Volunteers near and far donate blood in wake of Las Vegas shooting

Washington DC. President Donald Trump ordered the flags on all federal buildings to fly at half-staff following the mass shooting that left more than 50

Virginia Blood Services says it had a lot of walk-ins Monday - people who wanted to help.

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

United Blood Services has met the demand for blood donations needed following Sunday's shooting on the Strip near Mandalay Bay where more than 200 people were injured and 59 people were killed, according to Metro Police.

One whole donation, or unit, can save three lives; but the Inland Northwest Blood Center wants to make it clear, donations today may not go directly to Las Vegas.

United Blood Services is following suit with others by helping donating blood. We have been in close communication with area hospitals and stand ready to supply additional blood products as they are requested. "I got out of bed last night about midnight or 1 AM and saw the tragedy in Vegas, I was completely heartbroken, and so I figured, instead of posting on Facebook or whatever else, I figured I am going to do my part and give some blood", said Jason Decunynck. They say they typically see an increase in blood donations after tragedies. He added there is always a need for O negative blood, considered the universal donor.

People here in Colorado Springs volunteered to help, too.

Both INBC and United Blood Services Nevada are owned by the same parent company, Blood Systems, she said. They strongly encourage donors to schedule a donation appointment by calling 877-UBS-HERO (877-827-4376) or by visiting bloodhero.com Due to the overwhelming response, donors may experience extended wait times when scheduling appointments by phone or online.

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