Last Updated on February 05, 2024

DES MOINES, IOWA (February 5, 2024) – As we enter the second month of the new year, LifeServe Blood Center is urging community members to roll up a sleeve and give blood donation a try, especially as we replenish the blood supply following recent lost collections due to winter weather. February is a special month with opportunities to improve your heart health, honor Black History Month, and spread love by donating blood.

Donating not only saves lives but it also offers health benefits to those who donate including: Improved Circulation - Maintains healthy blood flow, reducing cardiovascular risks; Reduced Heart Disease Risk- Lowers risk by regulating iron levels; and Lower Blood Pressure- Supports a healthier heart.

During the month of February, we celebrate the achievements of Dr. Charles Drew, an African American physician, and the Father of the Blood Bank. Dr. Drew's groundbreaking work, including the development of mobile blood donation stations, has shaped today's blood banking landscape.

You can join us in supporting Black History Month and improving your heart health by donating blood! And for an added bonus, all donors who donate on Wednesday, February 14 will be rewarded with double points!

Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800.287.4903.

LifeServe Blood Center is a non-profit, community-based blood center that has served the needs of local hospitals and patients in our regions since 1947. As one of the 15 largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe provides blood products to 161 hospitals primarily in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. LifeServe is committed to saving lives by providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients. Your donation with LifeServe will help save your neighbor, a friend or family member or a stranger on the street. YOU make a difference in YOUR community. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800.287.4903 or visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org.