EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane Bloodworks canceled their pop-up donation event Tuesday after someone cut the cables and stole the battery to one of their transport trucks.
Officials with Lane Bloodworks said someone vandalized the truck that moves critical equipment for donation events. Mark Smith, Business Development Representative for Lane Bloodworks, said when he first heard the news, his first thought was the blood donations they were going to lose on Tuesday.
"We need to make sure we provide enough blood for our hospitals," Smith said. "When I found out it was vandalized, my immediate thought was how will we be able to get the equipment over to the Lane Events Center to host today’s pop-up."
Smith said pop-up donation events are critical because Lane Bloodworks receives 60% of its overall donations from them. At each event, they try to reach 125 pints because that is the daily demand in Lane County.
With donations lower this year because of the pandemic, losing one day like Tuesday takes blood away from someone in need. Smith said a person seriously injured in a car crash on average needs 50 pints of blood.
"If you consider our donations are going down, but our usage is going up, we’re at a deficit of hundreds of pints of blood a day," Smith said. "That’s why I said every pint of blood is needed desperately."
Les Schwab was able to fix the cables and replace the battery Tuesday so Lane Bloodworks will be hosting a donation event Wednesday at the Lane County Event Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.