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Bellingham, Whatcom being asked to donate blood for Las Vegas shooting victims

People arrive to Thomas & Mack Center via bus after hiding inside the Sands Corporation plane hangar after a mass shooting in which dozens were killed at the Route 91 Harvest country festival on early Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas.
People arrive to Thomas & Mack Center via bus after hiding inside the Sands Corporation plane hangar after a mass shooting in which dozens were killed at the Route 91 Harvest country festival on early Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Powers Imagery/Invision/AP

The region’s blood bank is calling on people to donate blood to help victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500.

Bloodworks Northwest is partnering with Las Vegas-based United Blood Services, which said that while immediate needs for blood are being met, additional supplies will be needed.

“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. “We expect to be called upon and stand ready to assist immediately with emergency shipments.”

When disasters happen and emergency transfusions are required, Bloodworks said, the need is acute for most-common Type O blood, platelets and universal AB plasma.

Donors can schedule an appointment at schedule.bloodworksNW.org or by calling 800-398-7888.

Or go to BloodworksNW.org to find dates and times of mobile drives.

In Bellingham, Bloodworks has a donor center at 410 W. Bakerview Road, Suite 117.

Kie Relyea: 360-715-2234, @kierelyea

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