Of the entire US population, 62% are eligible to donate blood, but only about 3% of the eligible population donate.
In less than 45 minutes, a blood donor could help save up to three lives with their donation. For those who are new to giving or haven’t donated in a while, the Houchin Community Blood Bank makes the donation process quick and easy. If someone wants to donate, there are only 4 simple steps that every donor has to go through:
– Registration: Donors bring photo ID with their date of birth and report to one of our team members when they come to a blood drive. The donor will be instructed to review our donor information material and complete HCBB’s donor questionnaire. Donors can also complete their donor questionnaire on the day of their scheduled appointment to save some time.
– Screening: When the donor’s name is called, they are directed to one of our private screening rooms, where a nurse/phlebotomist will ask them confidential health questions and perform mini-physics (temperature, hemoglobin levels, blood pressure, etc.).
– Donation: Once a donor has passed the screening, the donor will be directed to a blood donation chair. Once you’re seated, the actual donation takes about 8-10 minutes.
– Recovery: After a donor makes a donation, they receive snacks and refreshments to replenish their body while relaxing for about 15 minutes.
Start saving lives with the Houchin Community Blood Bank by making an appointment at an upcoming mobile in March at https://hcbb.com/schedule/ or by calling HCBB at 661-323-4222.
March 19: Newhall Church of the Nazarene, 23857 The Old Rd, Newhall, CA 91321, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m
March 20: Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, 23845 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
March 28: Adept Fasteners, 27949 Hancock Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
March 31: Master’s University, 24736 Quigley Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91321, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
During the month of March, all donors will be automatically entered to win a $100 gift certificate towards sessions with Sonja at SchlickArt Photography (three winners). In addition to entering the photography giveaway, donors also have the opportunity to receive a limited edition Houchin long sleeve shirt (while supplies last).
Blood donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years old, or 16 years of age with the consent of a parent or legal guardian. A photo ID with date of birth is enough to save lives. For more information about donating blood, please visit www.hcbb.com or call us at 661-323-4222. Appointments are highly recommended.