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Immediately after Tuesday's terrorist attacks, people began descending on Colorado Springs' two major hospitals offering to give blood. "We were averaging 10 calls per minute," said Penrose Hospital spokesman Ron Gority. The hospital has set up a hotline for donors to call and schedule an appointment; the number is 776-5822.

At Memorial Hospital, "the calls were so voluminous the phones never stopped ringing," said hospital spokesman John Leavitt. People waited in line for three and four hours on Tuesday seeking to give blood.

Memorial has also set up a message line that blood donors can call to set up an appointment to give blood; the number is 365-6575. The hospital is also sponsoring a community blood drive on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

Leavitt isn't sure exactly whether all of the blood collected will actually be sent to victims in New York or Washington, D.C. Right now, hospitals in Colorado Springs have no way of sending the blood to the East Coast. "More than anything else it's a symbolic gesture for people who want to reach out to the victims," he said. Another blood drive will take place on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7:00 a.m. in the parking lot at 6805 Corporate Drive.

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