Lake Isabella Blood Drive Relocated in Bakersfield to Seek Replacement Blood and Erskine Fire Recovery Supplies
Our regular blood drive serving the Kern River Valley at the First Baptist Church in Lake Isabella on Tuesday, June 28, has been diverted to Bakersfield because the church is in the forefront of offering care and support to people and animals affected by the Erskine Fire.
It is still crucial to the local blood supply that we collect the blood that the Kern River Valley cannot provide at this time of crisis, so the blood drive has been relocated to 1215 Truxtun Avenue, on the plaza behind and between the Kern County Administrative Center and the County Courts building. Two-hour public parking is located east of L Street and in the parking garage on N Street. At the event, we will also collect goods needed by the First Baptist Church to continue their work with fire victims.
The public is invited to donate blood and specified goods at these Bakersfield locations:
- Kern County Administrative Center Mobile, behind 1115 Truxtun Avenue, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Truxtun Donor Center, 5901 Truxtun Avenue, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Bolthouse Donor Center, 11515 Bolthouse Drive, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Houchin will be collecting these items specifically needed by the First Baptist Church to continue their work with people and animals affected by the Erskine Fire. These items are:
- pet food, pet toys and pet comfort items including towels
- baby diapers
- hygiene items
- non perishable food
- blankets, pillows and sleeping bags
- books, crossword puzzles, games
Donated goods will be transported to the church to aid in the recovery efforts. Cash donations can also be made payable to the Houchin Community Foundation, which will forward donations to the church for ongoing relief efforts.
Mick Gleason, District 1 Supervisor representing the Kern River Valley affected by the fire, and current Kern County Board of Supervisors Chairman, said the County of Kern Administration Office is pleased to be able to offer a new location for this blood drive.
“I am gratified that Houchin is aiding our efforts to help the victims of this terrible tragedy,” Supervisor Gleason said. “And since Houchin is saving lives every day throughout Kern County, we’re encouraging County employees and anyone else in the community to come to the Administrative Center to give blood or other needed donations.”
We appreciate the County’s willingness to host this displaced drive so our efforts to collect blood in advance of the three day 4th of July holiday can be maximized.