Blood donation needs high after weekend tragedies

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MINOT, N.D. - With this weekend's tragedies the need for blood donations is crucial. Meghan von Behren brings us more how you can help.

Empty chairs filling up is a good sight to see at the Vitalant Donation Center.

"To maintain that we have an adequate supply of blood for the necessity across our region, we have to see at least 250 a day,” said Teresa Johnson the Vitalant donor recruiter.

When tragedy strikes, Johnson says that number increases.

"Vitalant sent 367 units right away to the Texas shooting area hospitals. We know that these patients who have undergone these traumas, gunshot victims go through a crazy amount of blood. Easily can go tough 95 units just like that,” said Johnson.

A donation takes about an hour

"We know that this is going to be an ongoing mission. Those patients are going to need blood for quite a while after. We do need to do the right thing. We need to step up and donate blood,” said Johnson.

The blood donations in the Magic City, Johsnson says, will help replenish the supply and go to patents that have had a heart attack, premature babies and cancer patients.

"Eighty percent of our population will use blood at some point in their life. In North Dakota only two to three percent donate, so why not stand up and be part of that two to three percent of people that do donate blood and do the right thing and give the gift of life,” said Teresa Johnson.

Giving blood to help those who need it the most.

If you are interested in donating blood you can give Teresa Johnson a call at 701-609-4110 to set up an appointment.