BLOOD DONATION: Iowans Roll Up Sleeves

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Blood banks in Iowa have faced dangerously low supplies in recent months and Gov. Terry Branstad wants to change that.

Branstad announced Iowa’s participation in National Blood Donor Month at the LifeServe Blood Center in Des Moines Thursday.

President Richard Nixon first declared January Blood Donor Month in 1969.

Blood centers in Iowa say they are most in need of Type O negative blood, which is the universal blood donor type.

Donors have a few chances to give blood today in the Des Moines metro.

LifeServe, KIOA and the Iowa Wild are teaming up for a special blood drive. It’s from noon until 6:00 p.m. at Valley West Mall in the center court. No appointments are necessary.

There is also a blood drive in Ankeny. It’s at the Ankeny Baptist Church on Southwest Third Street. Hours run from 2:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.