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World Blood Donor Day: Help Orlando shooting victims by donating blood

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Medical experts are requesting for people with O-negative, O-positive, and A-B blood to donate as soon as possible. (Source: American Red Cross) Medical experts are requesting for people with O-negative, O-positive, and A-B blood to donate as soon as possible. (Source: American Red Cross)

(WTVM)--  Authorities in Orlando are making an urgent plea for people to donate blood to help those wounded in the shooting.

Hundreds of Orlando residents came out to local blood banks to donate on Sunday, and the line was wrapped around the building.

Tue. June 14 is World Blood Donor Day and people are urged to roll up their sleeves and give blood. 

"The tragedy in Orlando just highlights the need during emergencies,” said Adelaide Kirk, Executive Director of the West Central Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross. “Having blood ready and on the shelves."

Not long after the Orlando mass shooting, authorities make an urgent plea for people to donate blood to those wounded in the shooting.

The blood donated locally could possibly save of the people affected by the mass shooting.

"The blood that I give today, even if I was standing in Orlando wouldn't necessarily go to one of those patients that was affected, but it does replenish the shelf for all the blood that came off," Kirk said. 

Here are Red Cross locations across the Chattahoochee Valley area if you are interested in donating blood (call ahead to your local center to see when you can make a donation:

7490 Veterans Pkwy. Columbus, GA

(706) 317-3529

206 26th St. Opelika, AL

(334) 749-9981

Medical experts are requesting for people with O-negative, O-positive, and A-B blood to donate as soon as possible.

Click here to view eligibility requirements for donating blood from the American Red Cross. You can also search for upcoming blood drives and blood donation centers where you live. 

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