After Oregon shooting, blood donations spike, then fall

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ A blood donation center in Eugene was swarmed with people after the Oct. 1 shooting at an Oregon community college, but donations dropped off shortly after that initial surge.

The Register-Guard reports ( ) that the Lane Blood Center was nearly deserted three weeks after the shooting at the Umpqua Community College shooting.

Lane Blood spokeswoman Cynthia Vignos says hundreds of people who schedule appointments following the shooting failed to show up, and many didn't bother to give notice.

American Red Cross Cascades Region spokesman Jared Schultzman says tragic events like the shooting gain lots of attention but blood is needed year-round.

From Oct. 1 to Oct. 3, the Lane Blood center collected 554 pints of blood, but on a typical day only 30 to 40 pints are donated.