IWV responds to urgent call for blood

Additional drives scheduled for June 26, July 2

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

IWV responds to urgent call for bloodWhen Houchin Blood Bank put out an urgent call for blood donations, especially O-, A-, B- and O+ types, Ridgecrest residents came through.

“We know we can always count on Ridgecrest,” said Christina Scrivner of Houchin. ” It’s really a dedicated community. Folks respond to the need.

“We noticed the percentage of donors based on the population of Ridgecrest is almost double the national average. We’re very proud of that.”

According to Scrivner, the number of donations usually drops in the summer, possibly because donors are on vacation.

However, the need stays the same, so the call goes out. She said Type O+ is one of the most common types, while the three negative types listed are more unusual.

Not only were some of those with the requested blood types coming in to donate, but new donors were responding as well. “This is indicative that people saw our need and wanted to come help,” said Scrivner.

“We typically experience a seasonal trend in the summer, so we’re asking people to give twice this summer, to maintain an adequate blood supply. We’re asking ahead of the need.”

Houchin’s “Twice as Nice” program allows donors to pledge at hcbb.com/give-twice-this-summer. You sign up, then donate twice between May and September to qualify for a chance to win a computer.

Upcoming dates and places for donation in Ridgecrest are Wednesday, June 26, at the Branch Health Clinic, China Lake; and Tuesday, July 2, at Toyota of Ridgecrest. For further information about blood drives being held all over Kern County, see www.hcbb.com.

If you’d like to host a blood drive at your business, contact Scrivner, director of community development, at 760-677-9100 or e-mail her at cscrivner@hcbb. com.

Story First Published: 2013-06-26