The blood donors of Tehachapi can be so proud of their efforts in 2013! With two blood drives remaining, they have already collected more units this year than ever before!
Collecting more than 1,200 units so far, the record-breaking success of this year is a result of the community-minded residents of the greater Tehachapi area, and the amazing blood drive partners that host and support our local blood drives!
With each unit touching the lives of up to three patients, the Tehachapi blood donors have helped more than 4,000 people by the end of this year. Over the last few years, we have built a really great team, with community drives every eight weeks in Tehachapi, Bear Valley and Stallion Springs. When you add to this the community events we attend and coordinate with Main Street, we are conducting several blood drives a month in the area.
Other local blood drive partners include Albertsons, World Wind and Solar, Tehachapi Lifestyle Magazine, Tehachapi Hospital, Benz Inc., Walgreens and CCI.
Our Tehachapi Community blood drives held every eight weeks at The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church would not be possible without the support of the Tehachapi Lions Club. For years they have promoted and facilitated what continues to be our largest drive in the area. I think that may have something to do with the fantastic coffee and cookies they provide for donors (I am always sure to volunteer as quality control by sampling their goodies! Tough job, but I'm up for it).
As a relatively new member to the community, I continue to be impressed with how civic-minded and generous the people who live and work in the greater Tehachapi area prove themselves to be!
Our last drives of the year are at Tehachapi Albertsons on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and CCI Visitor's Center parking lot on Monday, Dec. 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All donors will receive free T-shirts. And while all blood types are welcomed and encouraged, we are in serious need of 0+, 0- and A-.
Please join us in giving the gift of life this holiday season!
CHRISTINA SCRIVNER represents Houchin Community Blood Bank and is a Tehachapi resident.