The El Paso Police Department sent out an emergency request for blood donations after the August 3 shooting at the Cielo Vista Mall and Walmart in El Paso, Texas. The nonprofit blood donation center Vitalent received 240 units of donated blood on Saturday but still needs more. Del Sol Hospital said blood donations will continue to be needed throughout the week.
El Paso donors may go to the following Vitalent centers. The following locations will be open on Sunday, August 4.
• East El Paso: 1338 N Zaragoza 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
• West El Paso: 424 S Mesa Hills Dr 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
Vitalent will also be accepting blood donations from walk-in donors on Sunday at both Abundant Living Faith Centers located at , 1000 Valley Crest, El Paso, and 7100 N Desert Blvd. Donation hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Donors Are Encouraged to Make Appointments
Walk-ins are welcome, however, Vitalent is requesting that the public make appointments so donors will not have to stand outside in the heat. Anyone interested in giving blood can call 1-877-258-4825 or visit Vitalent’s website, https://bloodhero.com/ to schedule a time to donate.
Lyft is Offering Free Rides to Blood Donation Centers & Donations Will be Needed Over the Coming Weeks
Lyft announced it will be offering free rides to local blood banks. Blood donors can use code ELPRELIEF19, which is valid for two rides, up to $15 each. Lyft has created a special webpage with details.
Individuals who cannot donate on Sunday are encouraged to give blood any time during the next few weeks. “Blood needs will continue and having the supply spread out will ensure that there is blood on hand, ready and waiting, when and where patients need it,” Vitalent wrote, adding. “We will need your precious donation going forward for ongoing victim needs and to replenish supplies.”
Basic Requirements for Donating Blood
Vitalent’s website offers information that answers questions individuals may have about prior illnesses, medications, medical conditions tattoos, piercings, aspirin use and travel to areas outside the United States.
Appeals for Blood are Being Made Across Texas
More than twenty other blood banks across the state are asking for help. Donors can visit the Carter Blood Care Website for a list of locations and hours. The website allows donors to search for blood bank and bloodmobile locations based on their address, zip code, county or on a map. Walk-ins are welcome.
Victims’ Relief Funds Offer Other Ways to Help
For those individuals who cannot give blood or who would like to help in other ways, the El Paso Victim’s Relief Fund has been set up to accept monetary donations. The website offers various ways people can contribute financially.
The El Paso Community Foundation has also set up a fund to help victims. All administrative and credit card fees will be waived.