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Bonfils Blood Center open today to accept donations

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Right now, authorities are asking people across the country to donate blood to help victims of the Las Vegas Strip shooting. Here in Southern Colorado, the response is so overwhelming that Bonfils Blood Center in Colorado Springs, is opening again today to collect donations!
Bonfils tells News 5, as soon as they heard of the need they responded, and the community jumped in to help. At the Colorado Springs center on Austin Bluffs and Academy, more than 700 people registered yesterday. That's more than double the usual amount for this time of year.

If you want to help this is a simple and very effective way to do it! Although Bonfils says immediate blood needs of the shooting victims are met blood is always needed especially in the wake of disasters like this one. 

"The units that are on the shelves are critical in a situation like this because they need it immediately," said Bonfils Field Supervisor Chris Mollaun, "Continuous donations are critical so that we can always have that supply on the shelf."

"In a time when you feel really helpless and powerless, I guess it just kinda helps my heart heal a little bit to feel like I might be doing something to help,'' said Donor Jenna Bailey.

Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred. That's because blood only has a shelf life of 42 days and it's crucial those donations get used! 
Even if you can't make it this week all eligible donors are encouraged to donate whenever you can! Remember blood will still be needed in the coming weeks. 

Bonfils tells us they're ready to send more blood as needed. The center will be open today from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. You can call 1.800.365.0006 or 303.363.2300. to schedule an appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online by clicking here

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