By Lt. Michael Betzinger, AA/Public Information Officer
Kern Valley State Prison

While many donated toys to charities over the holiday season, Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) staff also donated the gift of life.

Lt. Connie Waddle organized the most successful blood drive in KVSP history. There were 68 donors registered, resulting in 64 units of blood being collected. For 30 of those donors, this was their first time giving blood.

Tracy Hunter, the Community Development Account Manager at Houchin Blood Bank, was pleased with the outstanding turnout.

“The support of your Warden is a true testament of a leader who believes in giving back.” Hunter wrote in a thank-you note to the staff. “You can all be proud to know that all efforts in the planning and support of this blood drive will benefit the life of a patient in need and that is the true gift of this giving season.”

Three buses were needed to handle the volume of KVSP donors. This was KVSP’s third blood drive in recent history.