Blood donors needed this holiday season

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The LifeServe Blood Center is asking community members to book an appointment to give blood at an upcoming area blood drive.

  • Redfield Community Blood Drive, Tuesday, Dec. 22 from 3:30-7 p.m. at the Redfield American Legion Hall, 1116 Thomas St.

Besides COVID-19, this time of year brings seasonal challenges in meeting hospital partners’ blood needs. Flu season, winter weather and holiday preparations often keep donors away from their appointments.

Your donation can help to ensure blood that is available in your neighborhood when it’s needed. Donor appointments are required. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903.

To help ensure the safety of blood donors and team members during this COVID-19 pandemic, LifeServe is enforcing several precautionary measures. Appointments are required, and donors who do not have an appointment will not be able to give blood.

Blood donors should pre-screen themselves for fever prior to appointments. Only donors with temperatures under 99.5 will be allowed to donate. Blood donors are required to wear a mask for the duration of their appointment. Donors who do not have masks will be provided with one.

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