In response to the Los Angeles Metrolink commuter accident September 12th with multiple deaths and injuries, California State Senator Jenny Oropeza has urged residents to donate blood to local hospitals, trauma centers or blood-donor centers that had already been set up as part of her September 11th Day of Remembrance and Service.

“Blood donations are urgently needed to replace the blood being sent to hospitals in response to this terrible accident,” Oropeza said after communicating with the American Red Cross. “Type O blood is especially needed because it is the universal blood type.”

According to Charles E. Wilcox, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Blood Services, blood is needed because those involved in auto and train accidents often need large quantities of blood to help treat their injuries.

Any healthy person age 17 or older, or 16 when accompanied by a parent, and weighing at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate. A driver’s license, Red Cross donor card or other photo I.D. is required.

Eligible donors are asked to call (800) 448-3543 (800-GIVE-LIFE) or go to givelife.org/ to schedule an appointment to donate blood at a donor center. For Spanish call (866) 767-8432 (866-POR-VIDA).

Oropeza, author of a 2002 state resolution that annually recognizes the nation’s loss on September 11th, 2001, has urged residents to help build stronger families and friendships by participating in community-wide drives for blood and food to help the needy.

There is a blood-drive location in the Pacific Corporate Towers Conference Room, 200 N. Sepulveda Blvd. in El Segundo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, September 25th.

Appointments are necessary and can be made through the receptionist at (310) 563-1445.

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