Houchin Community Blood Bank calls out to all the O- blood type residents of Kern County to please step up and donate blood this week and throughout the holiday season. Houchin is desperately low on O- red cells this week, the universal blood type that can go to anyone.

Surgeries, traumas, and transfusion centers have kept the need for the blood high but the number of O- blood donations coming in this month has not been sufficient to keep the shelves fully stocked.

We appreciate all efforts to meet our county's blood supply needs.

Carolina Aparicio, Houchin Blood Bank

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