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Give back by giving blood

September 23, 2013 - Mike Donahey

"Giving back” and “paying forward” are two popular phrases that have popped up in a number of conversations I’ve had with folks lately.

And with good reason.

Central Iowans and Marshalltonians are a generous lot. Be it buying Girl Scout cookies, helping the United Way, supporting one’s church, or lending a neighbor a helping hand, the job gets done.

But I’d like to suggest a donation that does not involve taking out your your purse, wallet or check book.

It is donating blood. After making a whole blood donation last week, I decided to use my weekly blog to challenge others to do the same

Because this is time of year LifeServe Blood Center really needs blood. Every two seconds, someone, somewhere needs blood, according to the Blood Center, which serves Iowa and parts of Nebraska and South Dakota.

I learned the Blood Center critically needs O Negative and AB Positive blood, and urgently needs O Positive. And it needs more of all other types to meet general demands. More than 3,000 units are needed each week to maintain an adequate blood supply in our communities and to meet rising transfusion demands across the country.

Cancer patients are the number one recipient of blood, I learned. And we all have known someone who has struggled with that insidious disease.

And there are others — just regular moms, dads and kids and neighbors who need blood too. It’s easy, fast and safe — one can not get AIDS by donating blood. Plus, donations can be conveniently scheduled in Marshalltown. For more information, contact the Blood Center at 800-287-4903 or



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