Blood donations needed immediately for El Paso shooting victims


San Angelo, Texas (UPDATED at 9:00am – August 4, 2019) – Nationwide blood services provider Vitalant sends its heartfelt condolences to the victims of the August 3 El Paso, TX shooting, their families, friends and the community at large. As the blood provider to El Paso hospitals, Vitalant immediately provided 367 units of blood products following the shooting. As partners of the local hospitals and communities we serve, we stand ready to support efforts in any way we can.

“As a partner to all the communities we serve, we are tremendously grateful for the donors who showed up to donate blood in response to the El Paso shootings. It is together that we are conduits of impact. Blood on the shelves ensures victims of trauma have the life-transforming blood supply they need and we urge people to make and keep appointments to give blood all year long.”

Vitalant President & CEO Dave Green

Within hours, the two local donations centers witnessed lines out the doors, signifying an outpouring of support for people wanting to donate blood from citizens of the community. As of closing last night, El Paso residents gave more than 300 donations and the Vitalant call center fielded over 1,000 calls. Across the country, still more people reached out to their local donation centers in solidarity with El Paso. At this time, Vitalant is able to meet the needs of hospital partners treating the shooting victims and is ready to supply additional blood products as they are requested.

Vitalant Donation Center: 2020 W. Beauregard

Hours of operation: mon, tue, & wed noon-6pm
wed & fri 8am-1:30pm
sat 9am-1:30pm

Vitalant is part of a multi-state system of blood centers that works in tandem to move life-transforming donations throughout the system to help ensure blood is available when and where it’s needed most. Donors are strongly encouraged to schedule a donation appointment by calling 877-258-4825 or by visiting Due to the overwhelming response, donors may experience wait times when scheduling appointments by phone.

Blood products have a limited shelf life — 42 days for red blood cells and just 5 days for platelets. The blood supply must be constantly replenished through the generosity of local communities. It  takes 24 to 36 hours to collect, test, process and distribute blood where it’s needed. Individuals who are as young as 16 years of age (with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood.

Mobile Blood Drives open to the public

Today, aug 5 at concho co. hospital in eden, tx
tuesday, aug 6 at brownwood regional medical center
wednesday, aug 7 west central wireless on knickerbocker

Walkins are Welcome.  Appointments are encouraged.  Call 877-258-4825 or or download the Vitalant app

Vitalant is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, supplying comprehensive transfusion medicine services for nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states. Vitalant inspires local communities to serve the needs of others and transform lives through the selfless act of donating blood. Every day, almost 5,000 blood donations are needed to meet the needs of people throughout the country, and Vitalant’s 780,000 donors supply 1.8 million donations a year. In addition to blood products, Vitalant offers customers transfusion services, medical consulting, quality guidance, ongoing education, research and more. For more information and to schedule a donation, visit or call 877-258-4825 (877-25-VITAL).  Linda Grace  325-656-2645

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