LifeServe Blood Center, the sole supplier of blood products to more than 100 hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, urgently needs donors to give blood to increase the blood supply. Recent winter weather has caused the blood supply to dip to a critically low level. In fact, nearly 200 units of blood were lost due to cancellations, closings and delayed collection efforts. Currently, there is less than a one day supply of most blood types on the shelf.
“We normally have a 3-5 day blood supply on our shelves,” said Stacy Sime, Chief Executive Officer for LifeServe Blood Center. “We need to immediately increase our blood supply and we are calling upon the community for help,” said Sime. The recent winter storm following the holidays has impacted blood collection efforts across our tri-state area, however, the demand for blood continues at a steady pace.
Donors are urged to schedule appointments or walk-in to donate at the Cedar Valley Donor Center located at 3254 Kimball Ave, Waterloo. The donor center will be open for donations: Mondays 11 AM – 6 PM and Fridays from 6:30 – 1:30. Mobile drives are also taking place in the following communities:
January 16 at Virginia Gay Hospital – Cafeteria, located at 502 N 9th Ave in Vinton, from 1 – 5:30 PM.
January 20 at Dysart United Methodist Church – Fellowship Center located at 602 Tilford St. in Dysart, from 1 – 6 PM.