By Lt. Tom Mattson, AA/Public Information Officer
North Kern State Prison
For more than 60 years, Houchin Community Blood Bank has saved thousands of lives through the generosity of volunteer donors. North Kern State Prison can now be added to the growing list of blood donors, contributing 62 units of blood.
One pint of blood can save as many as three lives; four if the donor meets the needs for a critically ill newborn.
Houchin set the bar at 48 units. Tracy Hunter, Community Development-Account Director with the blood bank, said she was amazed with the positive participation and attitude of NKSP.
Of the 62 who were able to donate, 20 were new donors. Houchin officials said new donors are a welcome sight since they are more likely to return in the future, increasing the amount of overall donated blood.
During the day-long blood drive, Correctional Counselor II Mike Seaman received his one gallon club milestone license-plate frame. He said adding his name to the one-gallon club was special and he will continue to donate, as well as display the frame on his vehicle.
According to organizers, it takes about 150 donors each day, or more than 20,000 donors per year, to meet Kern County’s growing need for blood and to serve the hospitals and transfusion center in the county.
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Learn more about Houchin Community Blood Bank, https://hcbb.com/.