A spokesman for the Cheyenne office of United Blood Services [UBS] says the organization is looking for blood donations to replace blood sent to the Orlando area in the wake of the shootings that happened over the weekend.

UBS spokesman Justin Irish says that while donations of all blood types will help, donations of AB blood plasma are especially in demand. Irish says blood drives are being held across Cheyenne this week, adding people can also donate at the blood center at 112 E. 8th St.

Potential donors are being asked to call 1-877-827-4376 or go online to make an appointment. Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh 110 pounds and be in good health.

Some other height and weight requirements apply to donors age 22 and younger, and 16-year-old donors must have permission from a parent or guardian.

Irish says only about 5 percent of the population typically donates blood, adding he is hoping that will increase right now because of the need for donations.