Bonfils Blood Center encourages local community to donate blood to be sent to Las Vegas hospitals

UPDATE: Officials say at this time, the immediate blood needs of shooting victims being treated at hospitals in the Las Vegas area are met for now. Donors are asked to schedule appointments to give blood later this week or in the next few weeks.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Bonfils Blood Center is opening its Colorado Springs donor center at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard on Tuesday for those who'd like to donate blood that will be sent to Las Vegas hospitals in support of shooting victims.

The center will be open Tuesday, October 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments are strongly encouraged. You can call 303-363-2300 or 800-365-0006 and select option 2.

Officials with Bonfils say as of Monday evening, Bonfils had over 700 people come into donor centers and mobile blood drives to register and donate -- that's about double for a typical Monday this time of year.

While O-positive, O-negative and platelet donations are most needed whenever tragedy strikes, Bonfils urges both existing and first-time donors of all blood types to come in and donate.

>> See all eight donor centers and mobile blood drive locations.

Individuals who are as young as age 16 (with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood.

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