'The response has been overwhelming'

Local donors rally to boost blood suply for Las Vegas and beyond

Posted 10/11/17

The City of Lone Tree hosted a blood drive with Bonfils Blood Center on Oct. 4 to stock up on precious resources after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

“The response has been overwhelming,” said Bonfils spokeswoman Liz Lambert. …

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'The response has been overwhelming'

Local donors rally to boost blood suply for Las Vegas and beyond

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The City of Lone Tree hosted a blood drive with Bonfils Blood Center on Oct. 4 to stock up on precious resources after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

“The response has been overwhelming,” said Bonfils spokeswoman Liz Lambert. “Monday we had double the normal amount of donors and Tuesday and today are well over what we normally see.”

On Sept. 29, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on an audience of 22,000 at a country music concert in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and wounding 527. Lines stretched for blocks at blood donation centers in Las Vegas the next day, and blood drives were organized throughout the country in the days since.

A donation station was set up on the second floor of the Municipal Building on Kimmer Drive, and every available donor slot was filled before it began. At the same time, centers were set up in Parker and other locations around the Denver metro area.

Rebecca Jones of Castle Pines, who donates about three or four times a year, signed up for the drive as soon as she heard about it.

“I know they're in desperate need of blood, so I hope this will backfill their hospitals a bit,” she said.

Much of the blood collected will likely go to hospitals in Las Vegas as shooting victims undergo surgery, Lambert said. Some will be used to restore local supplies.

“There's always a need,” Lambert said.

Tali Hanke of Centennial works nearby and came with coworker Cyndi Roberson to donate, wherever her donation winds up.

“It's a tragedy and a shame that someone would do it, but whatever we can do in Colorado to help I'll do,” she said. “It doesn't take much time and it's very little effort.”

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