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Houchin Community Blood Bank offering gift cards to donors who have recovered from COVID-19

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UPDATE (July 31) — Houchin Community Blood Bank is extending their convalescent plasma promotion to Saturday, Aug. 8. Houchin is extending the promotion due to the number of people who have signed up to volunteer.

To donate plasma, donors must be completely symptom-free for 14 consecutive days and provide lab results showing you had positive results.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Houchin Community Blood Bank is offering an extra incentive for donors who have recovered from COVID-19.

When you recover from COVID-19, your body develops antibodies that boosts your immune system, donating your blood plasma that contains those antibodies, can help other patients as well.

But, Houchin says, even though more than 5,000 people have recovered from the virus, only around 145 have donated their plasma. So starting Monday, July 27, convalescent plasma donors will receive a $50 gift card to a local restaurant.

Houchin will also have two drawings a day for $500 gift cards.

For more information, you can call Houchin’s hotline number Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 616-2575. You can also set up an appointment at their website.

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