Blood centers in the county to aid victims of Orlando shooting

After the nightclub shooting incident in Orlando, the West Palm Beach Police Station teamed up with OneBlood, the Florida blood donation non-profit.

“We called to see if they needed more locations and they said yes,” said Lori Colombino, Public Information Officer for the West Palm Beach Police Station. “So this location is safe for police officers and people in the community to donate.”

Two OneBlood donation trucks were parked outside of the police station and saw an influx of helping hands.

Brittany Marshall donates blood at a blood drive event. (Christina Diabo/The Palm Beach Post)

Brittany Marshall donates blood at a blood drive event. (Christina Diabo/The Palm Beach Post)

Rumors stating OneBlood has lifted the policy banning gay men who have had sexual intercourse with a man in the last year from donating blood are false, according to a statement on the organization’s website. OneBlood states that they will continue to follow FDA guidelines for blood donations.

“Only 7% of the population is 0 negative, so I felt that it was the right thing to do,” said Detective Wil Pinto of the West Palm Beach Police. “I’ve been giving blood for years so I try to give two to three times a year.”

New and frequent donors voiced their desire to help.

“The shooting reminds us that there is very little we can do,” said Kevin Martin. “So any ways that we can help is reassuring to be part of a helping community.”

Though Orlando is about 170 miles away, people close to home were impacted by the shooting.

“I’ve never donated before, but I lived in Orlando so I have close ties, and have LGBT friends who frequent Pulse,” said Brittany Marshall.

The OneBlood donation trucks were outside of the downtown West Palm Beach Police Station until 4 p.m. today. OneBlood donor centers are also located in several locations around the county:

Boca Raton Donor Center
8903 Glades Rd
Suite A-12
Boca Raton, FL 33434
Phone: (561) 962-2054

Delray Beach Donor Center
15076 Jog Rd
Delray Beach, FL 33445
Phone: (561) 495-1211

Lantana Donor Center
2315 Hypoluxo Rd
Lantana, FL 33462
Phone: (561) 540-6620

Lake Park Donor Center
3451 Northlake Blvd
Lake Park, FL 33403
Phone: (561) 845-2323

Royal Palm Beach Donor Center
1224 Royal Palm Beach Blvd
Unit 26
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
Phone: (561) 472-3939

Jupiter Donor Center
75 East Indiantown Rd
Suite 505
Jupiter, FL 33418
Phone: (561) 745-4772