Houchin Community Blood Bank (HCBB) recently held an Appreciation Luncheon in honor of all the local high schools and student donors who organized blood drives at their school sites over the last year.
The celebration is an annual event held at Stockdale Country Club, thanking students, staff, and local businesses for their partnership in maintaining a safe, healthy blood supply.
Frazier Mountain High School was the winner in the Small School category with 80 units collected. North High School took first place in the Medium School category with 247 units collected and West High School topped the Large School category with 412 units collected.
Stockdale High School won a special award for most pints collected during the summer of 2016 which totaled 113 units, as well as the Extra Mile Award for most donor walk-ins totaling 204 units.
Local students donated an impressive 5,216 units of blood this year touching 15,648 lives and provided 20% of the Kern County blood supply.
Mira Monte student donors and ambassadors called the whole experience of organizing and participating in blood drives an amazing opportunity to make a difference, give back, and learn how critical blood donors are to the entire community.
This year’s theme was “You are the Anchor”. Students were treated to lunch, goodie bags stuffed with prizes, and South High School’s creative “Blood Donor Rap” that brought down the house!