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Shooting in Orlando prompts outpouring of blood donations
But the need is constant
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The weekend's tragedy in Orlando brought to light the urgent need for blood donations, as more than 50 wounded victims were rushed to hospitals for treatment after a gunman opened fire at a popular night club. Fifty, including the shooter, were killed.

While statistics regarding local response to the need for blood were not available Tuesday, Kristen C. Stancil, regional external communications manager for the American Red Cross, said the outpouring of support in South Georgia was "generous."

In a statement on the American Red Cross website (, the organization praised donors while reminding citizens of the ever-constant need for blood.

"As we celebrated World Blood Donor Day June 14 ... the American Red Cross wants to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the generous outpouring of support from blood donors in the wake of the tragedy in Orlando," the statement reads.

"Not only in Florida, but across the country, the American public has come out to blood donation sites to provide help for patients in need and stand in solidarity, sometimes in long lines, for those affected by this horrific situation. We want to assure you that all blood needs from this event have been met."

However, the need for blood is constant, and people are urged to donate regularly, if possible.

"It is important to note that, while we have met the needs of this mass casualty event, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion," the statement reads. "Volunteer blood donors are needed each and every day to help save lives. This weekend's tragedy illustrates that it's the blood already on the shelves that helps during an emergency - that's why it is so critical that eligible donors give on a regular basis to ensure we have a readily available blood supply."

Upcoming blood drives in Statesboro are as follows:

Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at East Georgia State College, 10449 US Highway 301 South.

Wednesday, 1-6 p.m. at Viracon, 8373 Zell Miller Parkway.

Thursday, June 16, 1:30-5:30 p.m. at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, 1497 Fair Road, Suite 307.

Monday, June 20, 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church, 4 South Zetterower Ave.

Tuesday, June 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ogeechee Technical College, 1 Joe Kennedy Blvd.

Thursday, June 23, 1:30-5:30 p.m. at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, 1497 Fair Road, Suite 307.

Thursday, June 23, 2-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church Statesboro, 108 North Main St.

Thursday, June 30, 1:30-5:30 p.m. at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, 1497 Fair Road, Suite 307.



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