Learn how to help the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting by donating blood

By Stephanie Petit
June 12, 2016 12:25 PM

At a blood center near a hospital at which victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, are being treated, hundreds of people are lining up to donate blood to victims.

PEOPLE estimates there were about 450 people in line waiting to donate. At least 50 people were killed and at least 53 were injured in the shooting, officials said.

“We have to be here for our community,” said Becky Orero, a former worker at the nightclub who spoke to the Orlando Sentinel. “I made sure that I came down here so our friends and family can make it out okay.”

“You want to do something to help,” Frank Tiffany, who was also in line to donate, told the outlet. “It’s hard to believe. You have to do something to help. You can’t stay home.”

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OneBlood issued a news release calling for O negative, O positive and AB donors to donate as soon as possible to help the wounded victims.

Donors do not have to be from the immediate Orlando area, officials have said.

To find a donation center or Big Red Bus near you visit www.oneblood.org or call 1-8889DONATE. The site temporarily crashed mid-Sunday morning, but updates are on their Twitter page.

Blood donor centers and bloodmobile locations:

Orlando West Michigan Donor Center, 345 W Michigan Street, Ste. 106, Orlando, FL 32806

Orlando Main Donor Center, 8669 Commodity Circle, Orlando, FL 32819

Oviedo Donor Center, 1954 W. State Road 426, Oviedo, FL 32765

Asbury United Methodist Church – Bloodmobile 220, West Horatio Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Bloodmobile, 4851 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32819

Metro Church Bloodmobile, 1491 East State Road 434, Winter Springs, FL 32708

• Reporting by Steve Helling

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