Saving Lives Since 1947

In 1947, the most popular holiday toy was a Slinky and the price of gas was only 23¢. A lot has changed, but what has remained consistent is LifeServe Blood Center’s commitment to saving local lives. To kick-off our 75th year, we begin by celebrating many of the individuals that have made our mission possible.  

Festival of TreesThis year, LifeServe Blood Center is a proud sponsor of the Blank Hospital Festival of Trees and Lights in Des Moines as well as the Festival of Trees in Sioux City. Our decorated trees are honoring those who have been a part of our 75 year history of saving lives. Individuals who have donated 75+ gallons of blood, donated 75+ times, volunteered 75+ hours of their time, and sponsored 75+ blood drives will be featured on our special trees.  

Come marvel in the magic of the holidays, helps us celebrate, donate blood at the festival,  and support many more years of our lifesaving mission. We wouldn’t be celebrating this milestone without you. 


In the beginning...

Our voyage throughout history begins in 1937 when a small Des Moines grocer, Ike Smalls began helping his customers find blood donors. Ten years of this philanthropy led to his appointment as the first director of the Polk County Blood Donor Service in 1947, the start of our story.

Throughout the next 12 months, we will be celebrating in many different ways and we can't wait to share them with you! From popular snacks in 1947, to vintage donor store items, to birthday parties for Betty, and more! 

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