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A blood donation center saw a 1,000 percent increase in calls after the Vegas shooting



Calls for blood donation appointments went up 1,000% after the Las Vegas massacre.

"We had — in the first 24 hours — 36,000 people across the country contact United Blood Services (UBS) call center," Sue Thew, a spokesperson for UBS told Circa.

"We had — in the first 24 hours — 36,000 people across the country contact United Blood Services (UBS) call center."
Sue Thew, United Blood Services

By Tuesday, the volume of calls was 400 percent higher than the daily average.

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Erin Negrete donated blood for the first time after the Las Vegas shooting.

UBS said it has already processed more than 1,500 donations in the Las Vegas, Nevada, area. It can't accommodate all appointment requests, so it's asking people to schedule appointments for next week and on.

"Blood has a shelf life," Thew said. "Donors can only can only give every eight weeks, so we need to make sure that there's blood for patients later this month, in November and December."

The shooting has convinced some first-time donors like Erin Negrete to donate blood more often.

"It's important not just today, but for other people as well, so we really should start getting out more and donating blood for these kind of situations," Negrete said.

"It's important not just today, but for other people as well."
Erin Negrete, first-time blood donor

"It's really changed my perspective on the future and considering to donate more often," Negrete told Circa as she waited at one of UBS's pop-up donation centers to give blood.

After the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, blood donations in Florida saw a 50 percent increase, according to OneBlood, a Florida blood bank.

If you would like to donate blood, go to bloodhero.com or visit the American Red Cross website to find a drive near you.

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