DENVER — The images from the night of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas drew shock across the nation, but few places in America are as familiar with mass casualty events like Colorado.
Coloradans remember the Aurora theater shooting and the Columbine High School massacre, the former in 2012, the later in 1999. So when more than 500 people were injured in Las Vegas and 59 died, Coloradans responded.
In one day on Monday, more than 800 people lined up to give blood. On Tuesday, officials say another 800 donated. Hundreds more have signed up over the upcoming weeks to give blood at scheduled times.
The donations, while not necessarily being shipped to Las Vegas victims, could be used to help.
"We stand at the ready to help at any time," a Bonfils spokesperson said, confirming thousands of Coloradans have signed on to give, or already donating, blood.
Bonfils is partnered with United Blood Services, which was able to handle the initial needs, but could call on Bonfils at any time.