Hundreds Line Up to Give Blood for Las Vegas Shooting Victims

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Las Vegas, NV

Hundreds of people lined up outside Las Vegas blood banks Monday morning to help the victims of Sunday night’s massacre, which killed 58 people and left more than 500 people injured.

KVVU captured video footage showing people lining up around the block outside a blood bank on Charleston Boulevard in Las Vegas to donate blood.

A reporter for KTNV tweeted that people lined up overnight waiting for the United Blood Service to open, with lines to donate blood at the center going out the door:

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo urged people to donate blood at a press conference early Monday morning, and other officials followed his lead.

“If you have the ability to donate blood to help the cause, please do so,” Lombardo said.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval also called for volunteers to give blood after the two leaders spoke at a news conference.

“If our people want to do something and they are healthy, then please donate blood,” Goodman said. “We will have plenty of banks available, always call a hospital where to go.”

Sandoval thanked the first responders and paramedics who put their lives at risk to help the victims and described the “need” for blood at local donation centers.

Lombardo said that volunteers can donate blood at select blood bank locations in Las Vegas and in Henderson. He added that those unsure of where to donate should contact their local hospital or check the police department’s website.

The American Red Cross website has a section on blood donation eligibility and requirements for those who wish to find out more information.

For those who would like to donate money to help the Las Vegas shooting victims, several organizations are accepting donations.

The Southern Nevada Chapter of the Red Cross is accepting donations on its website.

Donors can also give money to the National Compassion Fund, which helps victims of mass crimes, and set up a campaign specifically for the victims of the Las Vegas Shooting.