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Jesse Jones: How To Help Deadly Derailment Victims

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After an emergency, people want to give to help victims.  But it’s important to give smart.

“I turned on the news and I saw it.  And it was awful, it was terrible,” said Bailey Luder.

The gift of giving blood can be measured in lives. And Monday’s deadly train derailment was a day where those gifts were in desperate need.

For Seattle’s Bailey Luder, this incident moved her to give blood for the first time in years.

“It has been about ten years, so it was what brought me back to donating blood. I couldn’t just sit by and do nothing,” said Luder.

“So to have a large unexpected emergency use of blood occur, right on top of short inventories, makes it all the more difficult,” said Bloodworks Northwest CEO Dr. James AuBuchon.

Like most things in life, timing is everything. And according to AuBuchon, Christmas isn’t a good time for an emergency of this size.

“This is always a difficult time of year because there are fewer people who donate around the holidays. They are busy with other activities or away with family, all really understandable, but the need for blood is always there,” said AuBuchon

You can give blood or cash.

We are already looking at GoFundMe pages.  One campaign goal is for $100,000, but there’s little or no information is being provided about where that money will go.

Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson gave these giving tips:
-Be suspicious of immediate donation requests -remember it is not necessary to donate immediately, the need will be there for some time.
-If you get a call from a group saying it’s helping victims -don’t give in to pressure, don’t pay by cash and don’t give your credit card number over the phone.

Bloodworks Northwest met its need for Monday. As for your money, relax and research.

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