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United Blood Services asks for local donors after Orlando shooting

Arturo Roque passes out water to those waiting in line to donate blood in the aftermath of the Orlando mass shooting Sunday in Miami Beach, Fla.
Arturo Roque passes out water to those waiting in line to donate blood in the aftermath of the Orlando mass shooting Sunday in Miami Beach, Fla. Associated Press

United Blood Services centers across the Central Coast have sent blood to Florida to help the dozens of people injured in the mass shooting in Orlando on Sunday, and now the group is asking people to donate to help replenish the local supplies and help assure there is blood on hand should the Orlando community need additional help.

Donations can be made at United Blood Services’ Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo centers, according to a news release, as well as a number of community blood drives happening throughout the region. Donors are asked to make an appointment by contacting United Blood Services at 877-827-4376, or online at www.Blood4Life.org.

According to the release, blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height and weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.

United Blood Services is in the process of changing its computer system to address changes in U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidance about blood donations, and currently cannot accept donations from gay men.

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie

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