'We are definitely looking to restore our inventory'

The Lane Blood Center said they are working to purchase the new machines to test for Zika virus as soon as possible. They have until November 18 to get their testing in place. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - A local blood bank is doing its part to help the victims of the Amtrak derailment.

Lane Blood Works has sent 150 units of blood to Washington State. The center supplied the hospitals in Olympia and Madigan with a trauma pack, carrying o-negative blood types.

Casey Zerbe, with Lane Blood Works, says the holidays are a time when blood donations are generally low, that's why it is important to be a donor, and to be prepared for situations like this.

"December is already a time of reduced inventory, so while we did the immediate of the patients in care, we are definitely looking to restore our inventory," said Zerbe.

Lane Blood Works is having a blood drive on Wednesday at Valley River Center from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

They're accepting walk-ins or appointments scheduled by phone. You can call the Lane Blood Center to schedule your appointment.

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