Texas donated blood sent to help Orlando shooting victims

Donated blood (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
Donated blood (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas sent blood donations to Orlando following the mass shooting that claimed 49 lives and injured more than 50 others.

The center says while they do need to replenish their resources, they are fully booked with people who it took it upon themselves to donate blood. The center is currently not in need of additional donors.

John Bailey says he’s a first-time donor after hearing about Sunday’s events. “I was getting a little mad about it and I decided I wanted to do something to help,” he said.

The organization would like people to know it’s important to donate blood year-round. In December 2015, the FDA lifted the nation’s 32-year-old lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, replacing it with a ban on men who have had sex with another man in the past year. U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado, who is openly gay, criticized the policy in a Twitter post, in the wake of the shooting on the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando. “Blood donors needed to help victims of Orlando mass shooting, but friends and spouses of those in need not allowed to give (gay blood ban),” Polis wrote.

For more information on blood donation visit the center’s website. 

Blood donors at the Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
Blood donors at the Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)

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