Blood supply getting dangerously low

Winter illnesses have seriously affected the pool of regular blood donors giving blood, so Houchin Community Blood Bank needs healthy people with A- and O+ blood to come in and donate just as soon as possible.

All blood types are needed, but A- and O+ have less than a two day supply on hand.

People who do not know their blood type are welcome to come in to donate. All new donors are informed of their blood type by mail.

Donors are welcome to stop by or call for an appointment at 661-616-2505. Appointments can also be made online at

Houchin is located at 5901 Truxtun Ave. in Bakersfield, and open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.