December Donors: The Kimm Family

GeAnn, Glenn, Gardner, and Gregory Kimm - 2014

GeAnn, Glenn, Gardner, and Gregory Kimm – 2014

Many, many of our blood donors remember the late George Kimm, our long-time Tuesday morning canteen volunteer at the Truxtun Donor Center.  Lots of donors came in on Tuesdays just to chat with George and be greeted by his smile. He was also our leading blood donor for years. Donors still ask about his family, so we are featuring his children as our December blood donors.

His three sons Gregory, Gardner and Glenn, and daughter GeAnn, came in together the day after Thanksgiving to donate and visit with us in the canteen named in honor of George.  This is the second year they have come in the day after Thanksgiving as a family to donate, although they say it is not a tradition.

Gregory, Gardner, Glenn, and GeAnn Kimm in 2013

Gregory, Gardner, Glenn and GeAnn Kimm – 2013

Like their father, the Kimm siblings are a very unassuming group. The sons all live out of town, and shared that the snacks are not as good at their home blood banks.  GeAnn is a regular at some of our mobile drives and a three gallon club member.

We always appreciate seeing the Kimms, as it brings back great memories of our years with George. It was good to visit with them in the George Kimm, Jr. Canteen and recall how George always had the donuts and the snack trays well filled.

2014 Winter Holiday Hours

HappyHolidaysDuring the 2014 winter holidays there will be some changes to hours as follows:

On Friday, December 19 we will have our annual staff Christmas Party to recognize the hard work of our staff all year.  We will close at 4 pm at both locations so our manufacturing staff members who process the blood products into the evening will be able to attend.

On Wednesday, December 24, we will have special Christmas Eve hours at both donor centers of 7 am to 1 pm. We will be closed on Christmas Day.

happy new yearOn Wednesday, December 31, we will have special New Year’s Eve hours at both donor centers of 7 am to 1 pm. We will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Trima appointments will be condensed as well on both Christmas and New Year’s Eves.

We hope donors will fit us into busy schedules on the days before and after each holiday so we can stay stocked.  The need for blood products never takes a holiday.  We appreciate your support and wish you a happy holiday season!


Gift Tribute at Bolthouse

Wondering what to get that difficult to buy for friend, loved one or family member this holiday season? Consider giving a lasting gift in our Path of Life at the entrance to the new Bolthouse Donor Center in the Seven Oaks Business Park.

Bricks can be inscribed in so many ways to recognize your own or another family, a special individual, or as a memorial. This is a truly meaningful holiday gift which can be enjoyed into the future. Brick sponsorships start at only $150 for one 4×8 inch brick. Brick configurations as large as 24×24 inches are available.

Veterans brickThe commemorative Path of Life is located at the entrance to Houchin Community Blood Bank’s stunning and award-winning new consolidated complex and blood drawing center. It is surrounded by beautiful landscaping and fountains, and enjoyed by each person entering the new Bolthouse Donor Center. What better place to commemorate special lives than this place where lifesaving blood products are collected, processed and distributed?

Larger gift opportunities are also available, such as tiles on our Friends of Houchin Wall and benches in our lovely gardens. To order a brick or tile, or to learn more about how your 100% tax-deductible gift can be permanently incorporated into our new facility, call Pam Hornbuckle at 661-332-5677.


KBAK Blood Drive Returns

MilesThe KBAK/KBFX Eyewitness News Winter Blood Drive is back better than ever with five days of $500 prizes as listed below. This drive is a huge hit with donors who like the idea of winning a nice prize while saving lives.

Monday, December 8

  • Bakersfield College, $500 Visa gift card

Tuesday, December 9

  • The Law Office of Young and Nichols, $500 to Latham and Sheets Jeweler

Wednesday, December 10

  • Dignity Health/Mercy & Memorial Hospitals, $500 Visa gift card

Thursday, December 11

  • Reliable Moving and Storage, $500 Visa gift card

Friday, December 12

  • Interim Health Care, $500 Visa gift card

KBAKWe truly appreciate the support of the television station and these fine sponsors who are committed to helping us insure a steady blood supply this holiday season. Good luck to all our donors this week and thanks to our terrific sponsors.  We hope you will support them for their community service.

16 Days of Giving is Back

shutterstock_117009517 - Christmas Shopping imageThe holidays are a really tough time to collect enough blood, platelets and plasma to support all the patients who need us, so we focus on this difficult set of 16 days with special prize drawings to be held on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

This year we have two $500 Visa gift cards you may want to use at the fantastic new Outlets at Tejon as our 16 Days of Giving prize thanks to two attorneys at Klein DeNatale Goldner Attorneys at Law. Our attorney partners are: 10 galloneer Jay L. Rosenlieb, Partner, Labor and Employment Law, and Larry L. Fields, Partner, Trust, Estate and Probate Litigation. The Outlets at Tejon is California’s new brand in outlet shopping, offering impressive savings of up to 65% at more than 70 designer and brand-name stores.

Klein LogoWe thank Attorneys Rosenlieb and Fields for their generous support of our community blood bank this holiday season.

These added reasons to donate over the holidays show our appreciation for those who turn out to give the gift of life – truly the greatest gift anyone can give.

Reasons for Giving T-shirts Are In!

Joy in Shirt The cheery winter t-shirt, which is free to donors, is now in stock! To take delivery of yours, just donate blood, platelets or plasma in December and January.  We try to order enough for a full 8 week donation cycle so all our regular donors can get one.  The shirt features reasons to give the gift of life in any season.

We hope you will like the bright colors and message, plus tell family and friends to come and get theirs as well. We appreciate all the donors who wear their signature Houchin shirts around town and the world. It’s great advertising for us, and a token of our true thanks for your community service. Send us your travel or about town photos wearing our shirts anytime and we’ll feature you on Facebook and the Where in the World? page on our website.

photo 1 (73)Try as we might, we seem to run out of the larger sizes.  To help with this, we will be noting the 3X, 4X and 5X shirts as they go out so we have better idea about the need for these sizes which do cost more.  We truly do want all our donors to get our semi-annual t-shirts so they can proudly wear them all year!

Win 7 Months of Bliss

Massage by KarenMassage by Karen has generously provided our December prize in the year-long EAKC 30/30 drawing.  The prize is a fabulous massage each month starting in January all the way to July! The drawing is part of the Executives’ Association of Kern County 30/30 Drawing, which has offered a new prize each month throughout 2014 to celebrate the organization’s 30th Anniversary.

Donors are automatically entered to win with their donation at either donor center or on mobile drives. There are no forms to fill out as each visit to donate blood, platelets, or plasma at any mobile drive or at either donor center serves as an automatic entry during the month. 

Man having massage in the spa salonKaren Keller is an experienced Certified Massage Therapist,  with a private and restful location in Studio Bliss, conveniently located right downtown on Oak Street at 19th.  Karen prides herself on her personalized attention to each client’s aches and pains and stress points.  She really gets results! The winner of this prize will have something to look forward to for seven months in Karen’s capable hands. Karen has been a proud member of the Executives’ Association of Kern County for some time and is proud to give back to the community through this donation supporting the volunteer blood donors of Kern County.

Twice as Nice Success

Twice as Nice WinnerThe second annual Twice as Nice Pledge to Give was an outstanding success this year! People who donated three times between May 1 and September 30 had two chances at the prize, while those giving twice got one chance.  In all, 317 people donated three times and 415 people donated two times to qualify for our prize.  Another 252 people signed up for the pledge but did not give at least twice. Our prize winner was Gail Ramos, who donated three times to earn two chances to win the Touchscreen HP Laptop.

Community Development Director, Carola Enriquez, and President and CEO, Greg Gallion, presented the laptop to Gail. She is working toward her eighth gallon, and began donating because her parents were long-time donors. Gail continues to donate because she understands the value of coming in every 8 weeks to donate, ” my best friend’s brother had Leukemia and I had the same blood type as him, so I was able to make a lifesaving contribution which gave him a second chance at life” said Gail. Gail is thrilled that she won because she was getting ready to retire her laptop. We appreciate Gail’s steadfast support of the local blood supply particularly during the summer months!

Jamba Juice Kicks-off Holidays

jamba-smoothie2Take a one hour break from the hustle and bustle of the gift search the Saturday after Thanksgiving to stretch out an arm and give a gift money can’t buy: blood.

To help kick-off the giving season with a reminder to give blood, Jamba Juice is hosting blood drive on Saturday, November 29. There will be coupons for a delicious small smoothie available at both donor centers, and at a special mobile drive at the Jamba Juice store located at 9360 Rosedale Highway from 10 am to 2 pm, while supplies last. Donors at all locations can also enter to win a fabulous Hawaii Vacation package sponsored by Paramount Farms as part of our Destination for Your Donation Blood Drive. Make an appointment for this great day of giving to save lives today.

Only volunteer donors can give blood, and we rely on an average of 150 people to keep up with patient needs each day.  Holidays mean that regular donors are traveling, and winter brings seasonal illnesses, both of which keep regular donors from helping us keep up with the demand which can also increase on holiday weekends. We appreciate Jamba Juice for recognizing this need and hosting this annual drive.

Veterans Day Drawing

Veterans DayVeterans Day is a great day to donate in honor of a veteran or current member of the armed services.  If you have a mid-week holiday it may be easier to spare an hour to give blood, or a little longer to give platelets and plasma. You can also drop items off for the Blue Star Moms who seek food and toiletries to place in care packages for the troops as described here.

If you do give on Tuesday, November 11th, JOSCO/Vacusweep is offering a $100 gas card for a donor drawing in honor of our Veteran’s Day donors. The owners of JOSCO/Vacusweep are donors themselves, and know first hand how important it is to keep the blood supply up to serve patients in need. They are proud to honor both veterans and fellow blood donors by sponsoring this drawing.