On August 6th the Dysart Lions hosted a blood drive at the community center. Dwayne Luze and Doug Mehlhaus did much of the organizing, but were assisted by many other Lions members. They made phone calls and hung posters around town to raise awareness of the drive.
Life Serve Blood Center from Waterloo came to town to do the drive. Rick from Life Serve stated that they had 27 units of blood donated by around 5 p.m. and the drive lasted until 6:30 p.m., so a few more units were still expected.
A total of 38 people registered to donate blood and 32 units of blood were collected at this blood drive. A special thanks also goes out to Dwayne Luze and the Dysart Lions Club for helping to organize and sponsor this blood drive.
Pictured above is Billie Ramirez of Dysart at the August 6 blood drive. She came to donate because she saw signs all over town and wanted to come and show support.
Committed volunteers are key to maintaining the blood supply in our local community. 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 87 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.