PINE BELT (WDAM) - There are ways you can help when tragedy hits. You can make a blood donation to the local blood bank.
"We are currently on standby should they need support," Katie Martin of United Blood Services said.
You can make a donation to local blood banks like United Blood Services to help replenish blood possibly being sent to areas like Las Vegas, where recent mass shooting happened. Martin said they are in desperate need of blood and platelet donations, but they not only need them the following days, but the following weeks. This is because blood does have a shelf life.
"A unit of red blood cells lasts on our shelves for 42 days and you can donate every 56," Martin said. "So, every single day we are needing new donors to come in to make sure those patient needs are sustained. Yes, we want you to come out and support those patient needs in the Las Vegas area, but that blood that was needed during that tragedy had to already be donated. So, we are calling on you to support that replenishment of that blood in this area so that need will continue to be met."
The universal blood type is O-negative. Those donors are extremely important, because they can be used to save people with any type of blood.
"Even though you may not be able to give a dollar or be there physically to help people," Martin said. "This is a a way you can give back to your community right here at home and support those needs of those patients throughout our nation, most importantly right here in the Pine Belt."