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Hundreds of people donate blood for UCC victims

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ROSEBURG, OR (KPTV) -

Roseburg is a small timber community of about 22,000 people and they are helping in anyway they can after the Umpqua Community College shooting.

A sign saying, "Pray For Roseburg", hangs a mile away from UCC.

All throughout Roseburg, marquees and signs pay tribute to the UCC Community.

A major outpouring of support came from community member who came out in droves to donate blood. So many people came out to donate that some of them waited more than two hours to donate.

In this small community, almost everyone there had a connection to UCC.

There were Roseburg High students donating blood for the first time who know many UCC students.

One UCC student donating blood knew one of the people killed and one woman donating blood was working at Mercy Medical Center on Thursday as the shooting unfolded.

"It touched my heart to see all these people because you don't get that feeling when you're walking down the street on a regular basis and to see all these people helping the community, it's remarkable," said Koreena Richardson.

"I just really wanted to do at least something that could help as much as possible," said Lucas Ball.

Hundreds of people came to another blood drive outside the Community Education Center. Some of them came from as far away as Salem and the town of Glide.

Some people told FOX 12, it makes them feel a bit better to help in any way possible.

Lane Blood Center told people they have met the need for blood for the UCC shooting victims, but blood donations made next week and later this month will be just as valuable as the ones made on Thursday and Friday.

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