Central Iowa Blood Shortage Prompts Early Morning Blood Drive

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  --  The LifeServe Blood Center in Des Moines is experiencing a summer slowdown and does not have an adequate supply of blood.

The blood bank normally looks for a five or six day supply, but as of late, many types are down to just a couple of days' worth.

LifeServe partnered with WHO Radio on Friday with host Van Harden’s broadcast from Valley West Mall during the morning drive-time show Van and Bonnie.

“People are busy, high schools, colleges are out of session, but we've really seen it this year more than other years,” said Danielle West of LifeServe. “We try to do these fun blood drives to get people out, remind them about blood donation.”

West said most needed are O positive and O negative supplies.

“We have donor centers open Monday through Saturday in the East Village and in Urbandale,” said West. “You can go to our website, and you can find a blood drive closest to you by city or ZIP Code search.”

West said 13 staff members brought all the cots and pumps needed to conduct this drive and set everything up in 45 minutes.

“If you've never been a blood donor before, we always tell people to come on out and try it,” said West. “We’d love for you to at least give it a try, one donation can save up to three lives.”

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