Iowa State University Blood Drive Could Help Those in Las Vegas Tragedy

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AMES, Iowa  --  A blood drive at Iowa State University could be going to help more than just people in Iowa.

“We’re one of the largest student-run blood drives in the country,” said ISU Blood Drive Chair Connor Recker. “We are open Monday through Thursday, we try to get 2,000 people to save about 6,000 lives.”

The event opening Monday morning took on some extra importance when the ISU Police Department tweeted, “Our hearts are with the victims, families, first responders, and all impacted by the tragic events in Las Vegas last night.” A following post read, “Want to help? Donate blood at the @ISU_BloodDrive today through Thursday in the Memorial @isu_mu.”

One of the blood agencies at the ISU blood drive had received information regarding the blood supply in Las Vegas on Monday.

“Hospitals and blood center out in Vegas has what they need, but just to remain on standby, and they’ll contact us if we are able to provide blood products for their patients,” said Holly Yates of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

Yates said the blood center counts on students for around 60% of the blood supply they need during the year.

“Hearing about the Las Vegas shooting that happened yesterday, I mean it's devastating, getting that notification this morning on my phone, that's unbelievable that someone would be able to do that,” said Chet Kaiser, an ISU student from Sioux City. "But being able to come out here and help people out, that’s what we’re here for.”

The ISU blood drive continues in the Memorial Union through Thursday. Members of the general public are welcome to stop by to donate, as well.