DES MOINES, IOWA -The eighth annual "Blood Donors Rock!" blood drive will be held on Friday, January 28 from 11:00 a.m. - 6;00 p.m. at the Center Court in Southbridge Mall, located at 100 S. Federal Ave. in Mason City No appointments are necessary for this blood drive. All participants will receive a FREE commemorative "Blood Donors Rock!" t-shirt.
This special event blood drive is hosted by KLSS, KRIB, KGLO, BLAZE, and KIA-FM radio stations, Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa, Southbridge Mall and LifeServe Blood Center. Donations made at this event will be used to help local hospital patients in need of blood transfusions.
The winter months can be a particular difficult time for blood collections. Healthy, volunteer blood donors are needed to make life-saving blood donations that will help boost the local blood supply. January is National Blood Donor Month and is a great opportunity for first time and regular blood donors to come together to help save lives. Blood donations are especially needed now to help prevent a potential blood shortage.
Eligible donors must be 16 years of age or older, weigh at least 120 pounds, be in general good health and should eat a good meal prior to donating. Donors should also bring their donor card or photo ID.
The Blood Center of Iowa joined operations with Siouxland Community Blood Bank in April, 2010 to become LifeServe Blood Center. As one of the 15th largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center provides blood and blood products to more than 90 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. LifeServe is committed to providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients. Eligible blood donors must be at least 16 years old, should weigh at least 120 pounds and should be in general good health. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800-287-4903 or visit www.bloodcenterofiowa.org.