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United Blood Services needs your help

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The victims of the Roswell school shooting were treated at UMC, and the blood that helped save their lives likely came from donors right here in Lubbock.

Those children are still recovering Wednesday night, but Lubbock's blood supply is dangerously low.

Les Long with United Blood Services says blood donations have reached an all-time low.

"Only four to five percent of the population that can donate blood does. One third of the population is gonna use blood...when they do, they might use a lot," he said.

Long says in extreme cases one victim from a major accident can use up to 140 pints of blood. That's what the local offices in West Texas use per day for their quota.

But recently, there has been a huge dip in donations.

"I've been with United Blood Services with almost 13 years and I don't believe I've ever seen the shortage be quite as bad as it is right now," Long said.

Long says January is traditionally a tight month, but he has never seen the shelves so bare and they don't know why.

Long says the Roswell shooting hits home because two of the victims were airlifted to UMC and United Blood Services is its sole provider.

"It's the only thing I know of where you just give up a little bit of your time and you absolutely do save lives."

Long says the benefits are absolutely worth it:

"I get to meet people every day who recognize me and want to tell me the story of how they or their loved one are only around because some complete stranger took some time out of their day."

To donate, you can call 797-6804 to make an appointment or visit www.bloodhero.com.

Walk-ins are also welcome at 48th and University.

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