Area blood drives are coming up

LifeServe Blood Center will hold blood drives in Gowrie and Fort Dodge in the next two weeks.

The Gowrie Community Blood Drive will be from 2:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday at the Gowrie Community Center, Market Street, Gowrie.

The Fort Dodge Community Blood Drive will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13 at the Fort Dodge Fire Department, 1515 Central Ave.

Schedule a blood donation appointment online at or call (800) 287-4903. Eligible blood donors must be at least 16 years old, should weigh at least 120 pounds and should be in general good health.

Donating blood is safe, simple and only takes about an hour of your time. LifeServe Blood Center needs new, first time blood donors, as well as established blood donors, to help expand and sustain the donor base. Blood donors are needed every day to provide life-saving blood products to hospital patients in our community.