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Tehachapi-wide blood drive

City of Tehachapi

 

November 21, 2020

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Councilmember Michael Davies (Blue Shirt) and community members donating blood on Nov 16.

The City of Tehachapi is continuing to sponsor community blood drives with two events scheduled for December in cooperation with Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District (TVRPD). Each month since the COVID-19 crises began, two blood drives have been held as Houchin Community Blood Blank (HCBB), TVRPD and the City of Tehachapi have worked together to help save lives through the donation of blood.

The first event is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at TVRPD West Park at 490 W. D St., in Tehachapi. The second blood drive will be on Friday, December 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. also at TVRPD. To sign up and reserve a time for the December 8 event, click on the link connect.hcbb.com/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/6003.

Anyone wishing to donate can also fill out the donor questionnaire at HCBB.com on the day of the event to help save time.

"We reach and surpass our drive goals each time because Tehachapi is a caring and giving community," said Key Budge, event coordinator for the City of Tehachapi.

On Monday, November 16, 36 members from the Tehachapi community turned out to give blood and help save lives. Tehachapi City Council member Michael Davies stopped by to personally thank the donors for taking the time to help those in need.

Davies visited with the donors and told them that 14 years ago it was a blood transfusion that saved his mother's life. He said his mother had always been afraid of needles so it took her a long time to gain the courage to donate blood. Ironically, it was the day after she made her donation that she had a heart attack and needed a transfusion.

"We were blessed that so many people were willing to donate," said Davies.

Davies added that while a medical condition prohibits him from being a donor, he wanted to personally show his appreciation and support for those who do.

All blood donations made to HCBB remain in Kern County for our residents. Blood donations save lives as blood is needed following severe accidents, surgery, cancer and severe anemia.

 
 

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