Blood donors can choose to donate whole blood, only red blood cells or only platelets.
Matt Ochsner, American Red Cross communications director for Idaho and Montana, said food, water and other needed supplies have been donated in large numbers, preventing shortages.
The pattern of tragedy equaling a surge in blood donation was evident in Las Vegas following the mass shooting that killed 59 and injured another 527. Over the coming days, the Red Cross will continue to coordinate closely with local officials and community partners to determine how we can best support the Las Vegas community and the loved ones of those who have been harmed.
"These tragic events serve as a reminder of why it is so important for us to be doing our part with blood donation", Merritt said.
Regardless of where the need is, Laura Merritt, a Donor Recruitment Representative for American Red Cross, said all donations help.
Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
"When you're not in the area of where something like that has happened donating blood is one great way you can help", said Dressler. Right now, the Red Cross has what it needs to support this event both financially and with supplies. "The victims did not deserve what happened to them and if I can give some blood to help then I am going to do that". The Red Cross of Idaho has sent 22 volunteers to Texas, Florida and the Virgin Islands to help with disaster relief.