LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - With pints of blood, South Mississippi is reaching out to help save the lives of those injured in Boston and West Texas. USM Student Cara Rodgers organized a blood drive Thursday at the campus in Long Beach to give people an opportunity to help.
"If it happened here I don't know what I'd do," Rodgers said.
Rodgers said it has been difficult to sit back and watch the recent tragedies unfold and she felt compelled to do something.
"I knew they had amputees and lost a lot of blood and need blood," Rodgers said.
She paired up with the American Red Cross to put together the blood drive and it didn't take much convincing to get people to roll up their sleeves.
Charlie Carlee said, "I wish I could be right there helping them in the city, but since I'm here you have to do anything you can."
Cas Larriee said, "You feel angry because you can't do anything because it was so far away, but you want to help. So you look for ways that you can, and this is the best way I can right now."
The Red Cross estimates within 48 hours after the tragedies an extra 500 to 600 units of blood was used.
"The only way we can make this place better is by helping each other," Larriee said.
Larriee's donation will help save three lives.
"It takes six minutes to give blood, everyone has six minutes," Larriee said.
Rogers hopes that these blood donations will let those in Boston and West Texas know South Mississippi cares.
"We are thinking about you down here even though a lot of us aren't related we are still trying to do everything we can to help," Rodgers said.
If you would like to help The American Red Cross restock all the blood, you can find an upcoming blood drive here: http://www.redcrossblood.org/our-regions.