Host a Blood Drive
Hosting Blood Drives During the COVID-19 Pandemic
We are canceling all mobile blood drives where we cannot ensure proper social distancing guidelines. This means that all bloodmobile bus blood drives have been cancelled through the month of April (and possibly longer based on the length of the pandemic). We are only holding inside set-up mobile drives that provide enhanced social distancing options.
To ensure a steady, stable blood supply in the face of this pandemic, we ask for your flexibility. Each day we are balancing our hospitals needs to our planned blood collection activities while also trying to forecast the health of our donor base to ensure a long-term consistent blood supply. With this changing environment, we may ask you to reschedule a blood drive or to help us secure an inside location for an upcoming blood drive.
Show Your Pride with a Blood Drive!
Hosting a blood drive is a great way to be seen as a leader in your community, workplace, high school, college or place of worship. Organizing a blood drive shows the pride and commitment you have to community service. Take some time to educate your colleagues, friends and neighbors about the importance of the volunteer blood donation program and the positive impact donating blood can have on others.
LifeServe Blood Center offers a variety of options for hosting blood drives.
A Set-Up Mobile Blood Drive
This is a good option for sponsor groups who have 25 or more potential donors and a large location available for LifeServe Blood Center to set up their equipment. LifeServe Blood Center brings donor lounge chairs and all of the blood collection supplies. The sponsor group is asked to provide tables and chairs.
Bloodmobile Blood Drive
This is a blood drive that actually takes place on a LifeServe Blood Center Bloodmobile bus. All of the equipment is already on the bus so all the sponsor group has to do is find a good parking spot! A blood drive on a Bloodmobile is ideal for groups with 10-40 potential donors.
Donor Center Blood Drive
Perfect for smaller groups and for people with schedules that may not permit them to donate at a mobile blood drive. Donor Center drives can be set up for either a day or up to a week and donors can select the date and time to donate that is most convenient for them.
Why Host a Blood Drive?
Sioux City Police Department Crime Prevention Officer Andrew Dutler has assisted LifeServe with several blood drives, including a Blue Blood Drive and a Battle of the Badges three day blood drive.
“It’s always good to take part in a good cause and as a first responder we see almost on a daily basis the need for people to have blood at our medical facilities,” Officer Dutler explained. “Whether that be unfortunate car accidents or personal accidents with people doing projects at home, it comes up pretty frequent where people may need blood. It feels good to participate in things to generate interest in people donating blood.”
Officer Dutler encourages others to get involved in planning their own blood drives at workplaces or through community organizations.
“It’s easy, it’s fun, and rewarding!” Officer Dutler explained. “I would say it’s easy and painless. Really, we live in a community where by and large people just kind of wants to help everyone out and that’s nice to see these days. It’s all about getting the word out that blood is needed. I think you’ll see in your organization, your agency that people are willing to jump on board because it doesn’t take a whole lot of effort. It’s just a little bit of time.”
Types of Blood Drives
Community Blood Drives
There’s no more rewarding community service project than a blood drive! Each unit of blood donated can save up to three local lives – that’s just a single donor!
Community blood drives are open to the public and are generally set up on a regular basis to make sure your town can keep giving back throughout the year.
If you are a media outlet looking to sponsor a community blood drive, let us know! We have special materials available for promotion.
Business Blood Drives
If you employ 22 or 220 people willing to support the blood donation cause, we’d be happy to hold a drive at your business! Some of our most loyal blood donors give their lifesaving gift while at work.
Steve Thomas hosts a regular blood drive at his company, RJ Thomas Manufacturing, in Cherokee, Iowa. After his wife needed blood, Steve knew he wanted to give back in a big way to make sure there was blood available for other families in need.
Replenishment Blood Drives
Some of our most successful blood drives are “replenishment” blood drives! After personally experiencing the need for blood and the amazing effects of a blood transfusion, many families decide to hold a blood drive to help give back to the community that supported them in their critical time of need.
From those battling cancer to trauma victims, one in seven hospital patients will require a blood transfusion as part of their treatment. Friends, family, and community members are generally very eager to support a replenishment drive in their area.
Blood Drives in Honor/Memory Of
The sky’s the limit when it comes to why LifeServers host blood drives. We’ve had blood drives to celebrate special days like anniversaries. Birthday parties at the donor center? We’ve done those, too! We also host blood drives to honor and celebrate the life of loved ones who have passed away. Click here to read a story from Wendy Luft, an incredible woman who decided to host a blood drive in memory of her son Logan.
High School and College Blood Drives
Students are incredible blood donors. Young donors supply a good portion of the community blood supply, and we’re thrilled to see students taking charge and making that positive change in their community.
Schools that host blood drives with LifeServe also have access to a whole array of educational resources: free blood typing events, classroom presentations, assemblies, lunch and learns – if you have an idea on how to engage your students in the blood donation process, we’ll be here to help you along the way.
Plus, we have a great scholarship program available for students and high schools!
Get Started Today!
A LifeServe Blood Center representative is ready to work with you to plan and organize a blood drive for you and your sponsor group.