Per CDC guidelines, LifeServe is requiring blood donors to wear masks to their appointments beginning May 11. Donors who do not have masks will be provided one at registration. Donors should also take their temperature before reporting to their appointment. A donor with a temperature of 99.5 or higher should reschedule. See a full list of our COVID-19 precautions here.

Winnebago Industries’ Generous Donation

Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA

The generosity of LifeServers continues to amaze us. In addition to hosting a successful blood drive this week, Winnebago Industries also gave a very special gift that will impact every blood drive in northern Iowa. Susan Gardner, the chairperson for our Winnebago blood drives and a faithful Forest City community blood drive donor, was the driving force behind this donation.

It all started when COVID-19 first made its way into northern Iowa and Winnebago Industries was forced to cancel several of their blood drives. Once they were ready to have LifeServe Blood Center back to collect, LifeServe’s northern Iowa territory representative Kathie Gayther met with Susan as well as Winnebago Industries Director of Safety Todd Wolf to ensure new COVID-19 safety standards for both organizations could be maintained. One of Kathie’s concerns was the cloth chairs in the theater where Winnebago hosts its drives. Though comfortable, the fabric covered seats weren’t conducive to wiping down and properly disinfecting each time someone sat in them. Ever prepared, Todd mentioned that wouldn’t be an issue, as Winnebago had a disinfecting mister for that exact purpose. At their first drive back, the team did indeed utilize the mister; making sanitizing to LifeServe’s strict standards a breeze.

Fast forward a few weeks. When it came time for Susan’s regular blood donation appointment at the Forest City blood drive, the wheels were already turning. While LifeServe team member Charlotte Behm wiped down chairs, tables, and other blood drive equipment, Susan commented that LifeServe should have a mister of their own. Charlotte explained that LifeServe is in the process of ordering them but unfortunately hasn’t been able to get misters from the manufacturer yet due to popular demand.

That was all it took. Susan set her plan in motion.

The LifeServe Blood Center team receiving a generous donation from Winnebago Industries

At the next Winnebago Industries blood drive on August 27th, thirty team members registered to donate, providing enough blood to save the lives of more than 90 local hospital patients! That’s not all the organization did that day. Susan was pleased to gather Kathie and the northern Iowa LifeServe team together to receive a donation of an Ortho power mister and three gallons of TwinOxide commercial strength disinfectant.

We are very grateful for Susan and the Winnebago team’s generosity and dedication to our community. Thank you so very much!