As a show of support to Orlando on the year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub attack, the City of Mount Dora will hold a ‘Solidarity Blood Drive' on June 12 with OneBlood of Lake County.
After the attack, Orlando hospitals were overwhelmed with patients who were in desperate need of blood. Ilka Reyes, one of the victims, was shot four times and received 11 pints of blood. Tony Marrero was shot four times and needed three pints of blood. Jeff Xcentri was shot four times and received 40 pints of blood. Another unnamed victim needed over 250 pints of blood.
After the shooting, 28,000 people came out to donate blood and just a week later, 85% of those donations were used. The blood used for the Pulse victims came from donations prior to that day. According to OneBlood, donations need to be constant because it takes 48 to 72 hours before the blood can be transfused. Regular donations are needed for that reason.
The Big Red Bus will be parked in front of City Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and everyone is welcome to come and donate blood.