Donations encouraged locally and for Orlando victims on ‘World Blood Donor Day’

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 14, 2016) — This year, “World Blood Donor Day” comes at an important time, as blood centers in Orlando work to rebuild their supply following the mass shooting.

Representatives from the Indiana Blood Center say their supply is low with summer collections, plus their team sent 30 units of plasma to help with inventory in Orlando.

“We’re proud that’s something we were able to do, we do that because of our committed donors, but it means that we need to build our inventory back up,” said Andrea Fagan from the Indiana Blood Center.

“Every day we need to see 550 donors, the need doesn’t go away in the summer time, so it’s a chance for us to say that and remind people that we won’t be prepared without their help,” Fagan said.

Fagan says “Oneblood' in Orlando received more than 6,000 blood donations within a 24-hour period after the shooting. "Oneblood" also lost a staff member in tragedy, so their employees told center workers here that they’ve been grateful to see the outpouring of support.

The local blood drive on Tuesday, June 14 runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the northwest side of Monument Circle. Organizers are expecting a lot of support, so they’ll also be taking appointments and redirecting any overflow to donor centers all week long.

If you can’t make it then, Indy Pride organizers put out information about another blood drive happening Tuesday evening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at their headquarters at 429 East Vermont Street. They'll also collect cash donations for the Equality Florida Victims and Survivors Fund.

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