DENVER (CBS4) – There were long lines of people outside Florida clinics waiting to donate blood on Sunday following the nightclub massacre in Orlando.
Emergency workers announced an urgent need for blood in the wake of the shooting and donors in Colorado were also pitching in.READ MORE: Wildfire Sparks In Ptarmigan Wilderness Above Town Of Silverthorne
A Muslim couple was among those giving blood in Denver on Sunday.
“I wanted to do something positive, trying to counteract the negative that’s come from that tragedy,” blood donor Natalie Poe said.
“This is the least that I can do,” blood donor Mohamed Malki said.
The Bonfils Blood Center says Coloradans can donate in honor of the Orlando shooting victims but the supply will stay local.READ MORE: Colorado Lawmakers Consider Auditing State’s COVID Testing Program: 'It’s Not Fair 1,100 Nursing Home Patients Died'
LINK: Bonfils Blood Center
Additional Information From Bonfils Blood Center
Bonfils Blood Center has received inquiries from Coloradans wishing to assist in the response to the tragic shooting in Orlando. At this time Bonfils has not specifically been asked to send blood but OneBlood, the blood center responding in Orlando, has put out an urgent nationwide request for products.
Blood centers across the country are experiencing shortages currently due to several factors, including the drop in donations that typically occurs in the summer months. Donors across the country are encouraged to give to their local blood centers.
Anyone wishing to donate in honor of the #OrlandoShooting victims may make an appointment to do so at any of Bonfils’ seven community donor centers and mention group #7300 or mention the Orlando Memorial Drive.MORE NEWS: Denver Approves $1 Million Grant To Help Ease Hiring Struggles
Appointments are strongly encouraged at community donor centers and can be made at any time online or during regular business hours by calling 303.363.2300.