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Roanokers roll up their sleeves for Las Vegas shooting victims

Roanokers roll up their sleeves for Las Vegas shooting victims

Miller-Keystone Blood Center officials said they are on standby to send blood to Las Vegas and they're starting to see a steady stream of people coming out to donate because they want some way to help.

The United Blood Services center on Terminal Way in Reno opened early Monday for people who want to donate blood in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

We'll be at Folsom Lake College this Wednesday from 10am - noon supporting BloodSource's blood drive, so please stop by and help support the relief effort.

Donors that came in after learning about the shooting understood their blood may not leave the state but they're still motivated to help out those in need. And show up they did.

According to the American Red Cross, the average trauma patient could need up to 100 pints of blood during their initial treatment.

By 10 a.m., ABC News estimated that the wait at one location had reached five hours, as hundreds of people lined up to try and be of service.

On Monday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shared that those willing to donate blood should visit the Labor Health & Welfare Clinic on 7135 W. Sahara.

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The Red Cross says the tragedy illustrates the fact that it's blood that's already on the shelves that saves lives during emergencies.

United Blood Services told Northwest Bloodworks that while their immediate hospital requirements are being met, additional supplies will be needed in the future. People have been rushing to donate blood, but it's not just something that's needed at a moment of crisis.

Santos raised her kids in Las Vegas and had friends who worked near the Strip.

"Even if you think, 'I can't help the people in Las Vegas 'cause I'm not there, ' no".

However, this senseless tragedy has also left the organization in need of more blood donations to resupply.

- The Las Vegas Victims Fund, through GoFundMe, was created by Steve Sisolak, chair of the Clark County Commission.

Blood has a shelf life, so it is important donations are given on an ongoing basis. He encourages people to donate blood.