Las Vegas is battling its grief by giving back.
Local residents and reporters are tweeting photos of blood donors waiting in hours-long lines that stretch for blocks around donation centers and special donation events.
Soon after news broke about a mass shooting late Sunday at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip — which killed at least 58 people and left more than 500 injured — people from across the metropolitan area began flooding United Blood Services locations and the University Medical Center. Some people arrived before the locations even opened, showing up as early as 3:48 a.m. on Monday, according to reporter David Schuman of Las Vegas station KTNV.
The momentum continued throughout the day:
The line to donate blood is now wrapped around United Blood Services. Hundreds of people coming out to help in any way they can pic.twitter.com/GA6O2R37LS— Yasmeen Hassan (@YasmeenTV) October 2, 2017
Just arrived at united blood services.— ▽ (@3LAU) October 2, 2017
Look at this beautiful 3 hr line.
This is how Vegas comes together! pic.twitter.com/cjDkwBtS3N
A University Medical Center staff member who was helping with the blood donation effort told HuffPost that due to the flood of volunteers, the center wouldn’t be taking any more donations on Monday.
But volunteers are encouraged to come later in the week to give blood.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.