Houchin blood bank hosts 9/11 blood drive

Posted at 6:51 AM, Sep 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-09 09:51:51-04

Houchin Community Blood Bank is hosting a blood drive in remembrance of the victims and first responders of September 11, this week. 

Blood donors are considered first responders during tragic situations, according to Joy Invina with Houchin Community Blood Bank. 

"We had so many first time donors...they came immediately to respond to that tragedy that day to save lives and help people who would be at the hospital, so, they came to the rescue," Invina said.

As the entire world watched the horrific events unfold back in 2001, people in Kern County lined up at blood banks to donate blood. There were more than 25 volunteers and local businesses who came together to help the lines of people wanting to donate. 

John Armstrong was one of the donors who came out to help on 9/11. 

"It's amazing to me that the time has gone by, but the remembrance is still there and the necessity for the blood will never end," Armstrong said. 

People who donate will be eligible to win prizes, including, $100 gift card to target and free tickets to the Kern County Fair. 

The blood drive will be held at both Houchin locations until Friday.