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Area blood centers helping out after Dallas crash

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Amarillo, Texas - The panhandle is being called on to assist those injured in the Irving bus crash.

Coffee Memorial Blood Center here in Amarillo is supplying blood to the dozens of passengers injured in the bus crash. But officials at Coffee Memorial say they are in need of your help in that effort.

Dallas area blood centers are asking for o-negative blood type, that can be universally given to anyone in need, to be sent. CoffeeMmemorial tells us they have only been able to send five units of blood Thursday, which may not be enough to help all of those injured.

"They just put out an appeal this morning for neighboring blood centers to help them by shipping o-negative units to them. And our supply here is very marginal. So, we weren't able to help much. Our first obligation is to our area, to the patients that we serve. So, we weren't able to help them a great deal. We'd like to be able to do more," Joe McCormick, Coffee Memorial Blood Center President and CEO says.

125 units per day are needed to ensure our area's blood supply need is met. Anything additional can then be sent to other's in need.

Hours have been extended Thursday evening until 7:00 for donations, and will they will be open from 8:00 to 4:30 Friday, unless more donations are needed.

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