Hundreds of donors lined up for hours on Saturday to give blood after Friday's call from United Blood Services to replenish supplies.
"I was in the crowd yesterday when the plane hit," says Darlene Trost of Henderson. "It was only like 100 feet away and my husband said it was going 500 miles an hour and there was no where to go. We could see the propeller coming at us. I saw it hit the crowd just rows away from us and there was nothing anyone could do. It was just too quick!"
So this morning Darlene and her husband decided to give blood. And they were not alone. The lines were out the doors at all three United Blood Services offices in Reno, Sparks and Carson City.
"We've seen more than 150 people today," says Steve Thomas with United Blood Services. "And on a normal Saturday we see maybe 30 or 40. This is amazing."
After yesterday's accident, UBS cleared off shelves and sent more that 120 units of blood to local hospitals. And they flew even more blood from Las Vegas.
Today Thomas says he feels they've collected enough blood to get through Monday but is urging anyone who can to donate Tuesday and on through the week. You can make an appointment at www.bloodhero.com.
United Blood Services will be open for donations Sunday from 8am until 5pm and weekdays from 8am until 6pm.
The Summit Christian Church at 7075 Pyramid Way is also taking blood until 7:45 Saturday night and from 8am until 1:30pm Sunday.
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