Thursday, August 27, 2020

Kiwanis Club of Henderson Center Donates $10,000 to Northern California Community Blood Bank

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(From left to right) Tiffany Armstrong, director of donor services, Kate Witthaus, CEO, Northern California Community Blood Bank, Heather Ponsano and John Friedenbach of Kiwanis of Henderson Center. - SUBMITTED
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  • (From left to right) Tiffany Armstrong, director of donor services, Kate Witthaus, CEO, Northern California Community Blood Bank, Heather Ponsano and John Friedenbach of Kiwanis of Henderson Center.
The Kiwanis Club of Henderson Center has made a $10,000 donation to the Northern California Community Blood Bank that will contribute to the bank's $350,000 total expense for a new bloodmobile.

 According to the release, the new mobile will replace a "17-year-old Bluebird bus that has, by Blood Bank estimates, served over 70,000 local donors and made thousands of trips from Garberville to Smith River and Petrolia to Orleans."

For more information about the fundraising effort and to donate go to www.bloodmobile2020.org.

Read the full press release below. 
BLOODMOBILE FUND RECEIVES BIG BOOST FROM KIWANIS CLUB OF HENDERSON CENTER

The Kiwanis Club of Henderson Center has made a sizable donation toward the purchase of a new bloodmobile by the Northern California Community Blood Bank, the blood bank which serves Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.

The $10,000 gift was presented to CEO Kate Witthaus and Director of Donor Services Tiffany Anderson at a ceremony held recently at the Blood Bank’s Harrison Ave. headquarters. This contribution brings the Blood Bank closer to the $350,000 total expense for the vehicle which is currently being designed with input from Anderson and will be built by Farber Specialty Vehicles in Columbus, Ohio.

The new bloodmobile will replace a 17 year old Bluebird bus that has, by Blood Bank estimates, served over 70,000 local donors and made thousands of trips from Garberville to Smith River and Petrolia to Orleans.

More information about the fundraising effort and to donate go to bloodmobile2020.org.

Kiwanis is a global organization dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Henderson Center, formed in October 1950, has served our local Humboldt community and youth since that time. We currently improve our area by sponsoring Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, FFA, and provide scholarships to local graduates. In addition, we support our community through our Women In Business Luncheon, Keep Eureka Beautiful, Salvation Army, Eureka Rescue Mission, Northern California Blood Bank, Sequoia Park Zoo, Wild Souls Ranch, and many others. Look for our pancake breakfast on Sunday following the Rhody Parade, or at our "Soon to Be World Famous" root beer float booths on the 4th of July in Eureka or at the Fortuna Redwood Auto Expo. Find us on Facebook – Kiwanis Club of Henderson Center.

The Northern California Community Blood Bank (NCCBB) was established in 1951 to provide a safe and adequate supply of blood to the patients we serve. In our 68 year history, we have grown into a blood center that provides blood components efficiently for our local community and beyond. We have a fixed site location in Eureka, and three bloodmobiles that travel throughout Humboldt and Del Norte counties. We collected over 10,000 donations in 2018. Those were used to produce 12,000 blood products for transfusion to patients. NCCBB provides 55 local jobs and offers thousands of individuals the opportunity to make meaningful, lifesaving contributions to their community.
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