Rockford blood bank in need of donations after sharing blood with Fresno shooting victims

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Rock River Valley Blood Center is sending aid to recent mass shooting victims, and is asking the public to help restock their supply.

The RRVBC says it wasn’t able to fulfill the full amount asked for by officials in Fresno, California, where 10 people were shot over the weekend. But, they say they gave what they could.

Now, the center says it’s running low on supply and needs help restocking.

Interim Director Heidi Ognibene says having blood on the shelves is crucial to saving lives.

“Because we had blood on the shelves, were were able to help them out. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t have been able to share and help, so we always need to have an ample supply. It’s not the people that come in right today that are going to save those people’s lives in California: it’s the people that came in last week.” she said.

The Downtown Donor Center, 419 N. Sixth St., and the Perryville Donor Center, 3065 N. Perryville Road, will stay open an extra two hours on Saturday, Nov. 23 and Nov. 30. The hours will be:

Downtown Donor Center: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Perryville Donor Center: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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