Every second three people across the world receive a life changing blood transfusion. For this reason, Houchin Community Blood Bank is uniting with blood donor organizations across 21 countries for the Missing Type Campaign. The campaign will run from August 16-21, 2016. It highlights an almost 30% drop in people becoming blood donors compared to a decade ago worldwide. Reversing this trend is crucial to meeting daily patient needs.
Throughout the campaign, the letters of the main blood groups, As, Bs and Os, will disappear in everyday and iconic locations around the world. Kern County businesses and personalities are welcome to join in all week by removing these letters from their brand or name and posting it online with #MissingType through Sunday, August 21, 2016.
The Kern County Fair is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2016 by kicking off the annual Pint for a Pass Blood Drive this week, and is providing a free admission pass to each donor. Donors at both Bakersfield donor centers and at the following mobile drives will receive the fair admission pass and have the opportunity to take a photo of themselves for posting on social media with a #MissingType sign to show solidarity with this international campaign.
- Tuesday, August 16 Tehachapi Community 12 noon – 6:00 pm Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 329 South Mill Street, Tehachapi
- Wednesday, August 17 Ridgecrest Community 12 noon – 6:00 pm Kerr McGee Center, 100 W. California, Ridgecrest
- Thursday, August 18 Delano Regional Medical 11:15 am – 4:00 pm 1401 Garces Highway, Delano
- Friday, August 19 Home Depot – Gosford 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 4700 Gosford Road, Bakersfield
- Saturday, August 20 Milan Institute 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 2822 F Street, Bakersfield
- Sunday, August 21 St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church 8:30 am – 12 noon 12300 Reina Road, Bakersfield
Hours at the Bakersfield Donor Centers are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Thursday 11 am to 7 pm, and Saturday 8 am to 2 pm. The Truxtun Donor Center is located at 5901 Truxtun Avenue, and the Bolthouse Donor Center is at 11515 Bolthouse Drive.
In Kern County there is a particular ongoing need for O+ and O- blood donors, and donors of any blood type for platelet donations. Donors who do not know their blood type are always welcome. New donors will receive a donor card with their blood type and additional information about what patients most need from them after their first donation.
The Missing Type Campaign, was first held in England and North Wales by NHS Blood and Transplant last year, but has expanded for 2016 to bring together 25 blood services from 21 countries covering one billion of the world’s population. Each blood service is calling for new donors to ensure blood donation for present and future generations.
According to recent research by blood collection services worldwide, key barriers to people becoming donors include:
- increasing urbanization
- wider and more exotic travel
- people have less time to give in an increasingly busy and digital world
- lack of awareness about the need for more diverse blood donors
- a rise in the popularity of tattoos
According to Carola Enriquez, Director of Community Development at Houchin Community Blood Bank: “We really hope that people living in Kern County will be inspired by the international Missing Type Campaign to start saving lives by becoming blood donors. Blood transfusions save lives and transform health for millions across the world, and right here at home. Patients are dependent on people donating blood, platelets and plasma every day. Whether it is platelets for chemotherapy patients, red cells for blood disorders or burns, plasma to stop bleeding, or a combination of all three to stop bleeding in traumas, blood products are an absolutely essential part of modern healthcare.”
To donate blood you must be 17 years of age, in good health, and weigh 110 pounds. 16 year olds can donate with parental consent.
To learn more about the blood donation process, visit this page or call 661-323-4222. The public can also support the Missing Type Campaign on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #MissingType. For more information call 661-616-2500.