Asiana Flight 214 crash spurs blood drive at SFO

July 15, 2013 12:48:26 PM PDT
A blood drive at San Francisco International Airport hopes to replenish supplies after the Asiana Flight 214 crash.

Giving seems to be a philosophy for the Matsumoto family. Monday morning they drove from San Jose, in rush hour traffic, to SFO to help the victims of Flight 214.

"I guess it kind of hit home, you know, it could happen to anybody," said blood donor Calvin Matsumoto.

While Matsumoto gave blood, his daughter Shelby tried to turn a disappointment into a good deed.

Friday she took a basket full of candy and trinkets to the hotel where many of the crash victims were staying. However, the hand-off wasn't to be.

"Shelby watched the buses leave. I saw tears in her eyes. I felt so bad for her," said her mother Karen Matsumoto.

But instead of giving up, the Girl Scout found a different way to help the young victims of the crash.

"Even though I can't get to the students, I'm giving it to the blood drive to help them," she said.

After the Asiana Airlines crash, many people called SFO asking how they could help. They came up with a way to replenish the blood banks here in the Bay Area after 182 people were taken to local hospitals.

San Francisco Police sergeant Bobby Cheung wasn't working the day of the crash but is still finding a way to give back to the victims.

"Yes, anyway we can help out, we're willing to," he said.

The blood drive runs until 2 p.m.


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