Blood Donation Response Positive

Blood levels are dangerously low at Coffee Memorial Blood Center... There's not enough blood to support the Panhandle, let alone send blood to help victims the Gulf Coast.

Coffee Memorial is urging residents to donate blood, especially if you have o-negative or o-positive blood. Until they have a three day supply here, they can't help those on the coast who really need it.

The Blood Center's Jim Rutledge says, "Especially in Corpus Christi because they've had to shut down operations already. They've had to cancel blood drives. They literally will be closed on Friday and Saturday."

Rutledge says response has been positive.... 85 people donated blood today. That's almost triple the normal daily number. At least seven of those people donated blood for the first time today.