We have no mobile drives scheduled on Monday, July 25, 2016 to help bring in the 100 pints of blood and 30 units of platelets needed every day to meet patient needs, so it is crucial that donors to come into the two Bakersfield donor centers that day. O+ and O- blood are the biggest needs.
To encourage donations, we will be celebrating National Hot Fudge Sundae Day from 9 am to 6 pm at 5901 Truxtun Avenue and 11515 Bolthouse Drive. All donors will receive a free make your own sundae, and can enter to win a year of Cold Stone Creamery sundaes. Platelet donors will be given two chances to win the year of sundaes. Other incentives include a free Olympic themed t-shirt, and a coupon for a free individual cheese or pepperoni pizza from Rusty’s Pizza. All July donors are automatically entered to win $500 in Cold Cash from SC Communications, Inc.
“There are so many extra reasons NOT to give blood during the summer months,” said Carola Enriquez, Director of Community Development at Houchin. “We have been finding lots of regular donors out of town for vacations, so really need to appeal to people still in town to come in and save lives.” Only 38% of the population is eligible to give blood and only 10% of those do, so new donors are always encouraged to give blood donation a try.
Blood donors must be in good health, weigh 110 pounds, and be 17 years of age or older, or 16 with parental consent. A photo ID with date of birth is all that is needed to start saving lives. More information about blood donation is available at 661-323-4222. Platelet donors must have an appointment, but blood donors can walk in to either donor center.