Following the tragic shooting that occurred at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg Wednesday afternoon local blood banks are seeking blood donations to sustain a supply for victims and members of our local community. Lane Blood Center of Eugene is seeking donors who have O Positive and O Negative blood types as these are most commonly used in emergency cases due to their flexibility to be used with patients of other blood types.
Wednesday afternoon Lane Blood Center which is located at 2211 Willamette st Eugene, OR 97405, had a line of donors eagerly waiting to donate after a plea was posted to Facebook. many donors waited up to two hours to get the chance to start the donation process and the center grew a line out through the front door of the building as word got around.
If you are interested in donating blood please call Lane Blood Center at (541) 484-9111 or view their website listed below. Lane Blood Center will also be hosting two mobile drives tomorrow, Thursday October 2nd at : Guaranty Chevrolet 20 HWY 99 in Junction City from 8 am- 11:30 am and at Hawes Financial 400 International Way in Springfield. Another drive will be held at Valley River Center on Saturday October 3rd from 9 am- 1 pm.
Press release by Lane Blood Center in Eugene:
“Eugene, OR- the tragic mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg has resulted in numerous injuries, many of them and which is making major demands on the blood supply. Lane Blood Center in Eugene has issued an urgent appeal to blood donors to help meet those critical needs. Lane Blood Center is part of Bloodworks Northwest- a regional network of blood centers that ensure a safe, ample blood supply in the Pacific Northwest.
“We are responding quickly to additional orders for blood components from hospitals receiving victims ” said James P AuBuchon, MD, president and chief executive officer of Bloodworks Northwest. ” We have met this emergency demand but we will need donors to help replenish supplies so that we can continue to meet normal patient needs”
“to avoid a crisis for the local blood supply we’re asking donors who have not donated recently to schedule an appointment as soon as they can to Lane Blood Center, or to find a mobile drive in their community close to where they live or work in the days ahead,” AuBuchon said. “There is a special need for O Negative and O Positive blood types.”
All eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood and help prevent a crisis. Donors can call 541-484-9111 or visit laneblood.org to schedule appointments, and to see a schedule of upcoming mobile blood drives throughout Lane County. Additional staff are being mobilized to provide resources for accommodating extra donors.
Lane Blood Center is open extended hours tonight (October 1st) until 5 p.m. Normal hours are 10 am-6 pm Monday-Wednesday, 8 am-3:30 pm Thursday-Friday and 8 am-12 pm Saturday. to be eligible to donate you must be at least 16 years of age and weigh at least 110 lbs., be in general good health and have eaten a meal with protein within 4 hours of your donation.
Information about locations and times to donate in Portland, Vancouver, or Western Washington can be found at bloodworksnw.org or by calling 1-800-398-7888.”
a link to Lane Blood center can be found here http://lanebloodcenter.org/