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January is Blood Donor month in Sioux City

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott has declared January as Blood Donor month. Life Serve Blood Center is one of many donation locations in Siouxland. It provides blood and blood products to over 100 hospitals across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. This winter, Life Serve is in desperate need of all blood types.

"We're just coming off the holidays and not a lot of people are thinking about giving blood, and/or why you give blood" said donor services manager Dusty Merryman. "During the holiday season there's a lot of accidents, a lot of people get scheduled for surgeries. So there is a lot of need and increased need at that time."

Life Serve Blood Center said just one blood donation can save the lives of three people. When you donate, officials say you can become a local hero, like John Eblen. He visits the blood center every fourteen days to make a donation.

"If I can help save a life, that makes me feel good. That's why I do it," said John Eblen.

The entire process takes about 10 to 20 minutes, but your blood is being drawn for only half that time.

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