OBI offers assistance to Las Vegas shooting victims

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And show up they did.

But the incident "illustrates that it's the blood already on the shelves that helps during an emergency", according to the release.

Similarly, the American Red Cross does not need financial donations right now, but is encouraging people to donate blood.

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"We are responding now by sending blood to the hospitals to the blood bank there in Las Vegas".

"That just really highlights the need for having blood on our shelves, all throughout the country, so that we can respond to situations within 24 hours or nearly immediately", said Red Cross Regional Chief Operating Officer Scott Aminov. In Fresno, the Central California Blood Center saw a steady stream of donors, motivated by what happened in Las Vegas. The Southern Nevada chapter of the Red Cross accepts donations on its website, by phone at 702-369-3674 or via mail at 1771 East Flamingo Road, #206B, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119.

Through the network of blood centers across the nation, more than 200-units of blood have been sent to Las Vegas.

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Our sister United Blood Services blood center in Las Vegas is providing blood and blood components to area hospitals treating victims of the concert shooting.

The Regional Blood Centers say it's after events like Vegas that really get the community involved. "It was devastating. It's so hard when it's in another country but then when it hits home- it's even more terrifying-so that motivated you to give blood", said blood donor Shannon Anderson.

Officials say additional blood and blood products will be provided as needed.

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United Blood Services is encouraging people to go to its West Charleston Boulevard and Whitney Ranch location in Henderson if they would like to donate blood. It can take 24 to 36 hours to collect, test, process and distribute blood where it's needed.

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