DES MOINES, Iowa LifeServe Blood Center is proud to honor the class of 2014 Gallon Grads! The Gallon Grad program encourages high school students, ages 16 and older, to donate one gallon of blood before graduating from high school. This year, a total of 274 students from 56 counties in the LifeServe Blood Center tri-state region of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota were recognized with this honor.
The following local high school students are being recognized as Gallon Grads this year:
CLARKE W MACY, BCLUW High School
ISAIAH A RALSTON, BCLUW High School
TYLER A LUTES, BCLUW High School
In order to become a Gallon Grad, students had to make eight whole blood or four double red cell blood donations before graduation. Achieving this milestone required a large commitment from these students, who took time from their busy schedules to make blood donations at their local high school blood drives and at blood drives that took place within the community.
People who begin donating blood at a young age often build a life-long habit of making life-saving blood donations. By understanding the importance of donating blood now, they are likely to continue donating blood in the future, which will help to maintain a stable blood supply.
LifeServe Blood Center was established in 2010 when The Blood Center of Iowa joined operations with Siouxland Community Blood Bank. As one of the 15 largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center provides blood and blood products to more than 100 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. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800.287.4903 or visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org.