New LifeServe Blood Center Program Allows Blood Donors to Hear From Lives They've Impacted

DES MOINES, IOWA (August 31, 2021) – LifeServe Blood Center is pleased to offer its blood donors the chance to hear from the local hospital patients whose lives they helped to save through blood donation via a new program called Thank the Donor.

LifeServe Blood Center is currently rolling a program called Thank the Donor to hospitals across Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Thank the Donor allows blood recipients to anonymously send a thank you message, photo, or video to the blood donor whose donation they received through transfusion. A hospital patient, loved one or first responder simply has to scan a barcode on the blood bag in order to directly send their gratitude to the person who donated that lifesaving gift.

“Blood donation has always been a very rewarding volunteer activity,” said LifeServe’s Director of PR and Marketing Danielle West. “Now that donors can receive notes of appreciation directly from the people they’re saving, those feelings of achievement are exponentially bigger! To open your phone and see the words from someone in the hospital who is currently receiving your blood – that’s hard to put into words.”

“Our patients and families are extremely thankful to receive donations from these donors,” says Jill Heilskov, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Executive Director of Critical Care, Trauma and Emergency Services. “It has been very rewarding for both the patients and our staff to be able to connect to these donors and say thank you to the exact person aiding in their care.”

LifeServe is steadily adding more of their hospital partners to the Thank the Donor program. Soon, this will be live at every hospital LifeServe serves which will open this feature up to thousands of hospital patients and their lifesaving volunteer blood donors.

To schedule a blood donation appointment, visit or call 800.287.4903.
LifeServe Blood Center is a non-profit, community based blood center that has served the needs of local hospitals and patients in our regions since 1963. As one of the 15 largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center is the SOLE provider of blood and blood products to more than 120 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. LifeServe is committed to saving lives by providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients. Your donation with LifeServe will help save your neighbor, a friend or family member or a stranger on the street. YOU make a difference in YOUR community.