Tehachapi Donor News

We’d like to share news from Tehachapi this month with two announcements of interest to donors.

Cheers to CharityCheers for Charity has awarded a $275 mini-grant to Houchin Community Blood Bank to boost holiday donation in the greater Tehachapi area from mid-November to mid-January. We are pleased to be one of 17 organizations receiving funding from the nonprofit Cheers for Charity.  The group’s charitable donations are 75% higher this year according to long time blood donor and committee member Mary Beth Garrison, thanks to great support of their fundraising activities. More information about the holiday promotion made possible by Cheers for Charity will be coming to our Tehachapi area donors in November.

Loree Gracey

Tehachapi resident Loree Gracey donates platelets at the Bolthouse Donor Center in Bakersfield with Alicia.

Tehachapi resident Loree Gracey will be the Celebrity Bartender at Souza Family Vineyards pouring wine from 2-5 pm on Sunday, October 4 at the winery, 26877 Cummings Valley Road in Tehachapi.  She will be accompanied by her maltese, AbbeNormal, who is the real celebrity according to Loree. The event is open to the public.

AbbeNormal needed heart surgery to repair two holes in her heart at only 9 weeks old, and she grabs all the attention wherever they go. Together they will raise funds for Houchin Community Blood Bank and increase awareness about the need for platelet donation. Loree is passionate about the cause because the need has increased with advances in medical technology.

“Platelet donations can be used by doctors to help patients before surgery and aid in their recovery,” said Christina Scrivner, Tehachapi area Account Manager for Houchin. The blood bank uses the latest computerized equipment to collect multiple blood products in the same visit. “We appreciate this opportunity to explain more about automated donation to Tehachapi donors at the beautiful Souza Family WInery,” she added.


Good Neighbor Blood Drive

Angie and Mallory

Angie was happy to see Mallory Cuevas from Kern Schools Federal Credit Union during the neighborhood blood drive.

seven Oaks day 1The first ever Seven Oaks Good Neighbor Blood Drive was held on Wednesday, September 23 from noon to 4 pm at the Bolthouse Donor Center, 11515 Bolthouse Drive. There were hourly and grand prize drawings thanks to the neighbors!

In-Shape Seven Oaks provided a one month pass to its Diamond Level facility just north of our Bolthouse Donor Center at Ming and Buena Vista, which was won by Jaime Doniaz. Runaway Gypsy, a new boutique in the same shopping center near In-Shape, provided a mystery bag won by Christine Cunningham.

Winners of hourly drawings for tote bags jam-packed with neighborhood goodies, and gift cards provided by The Village at Seven Oaks Assisted Living & Memory Care were: Angeline Garcia, Jacquie Russo, David Kaus, Andrea Darnell, Arturo Esparza, Betty Garcia, Sherrie Clayton and Michelle Sharp.

We thank all the neighbors who helped sponsor the Seven Oaks Good Neighbor Blood Drive:

  • BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse
  • Kern Schools Federal Credit Union
  • Wiki’s Wine Dive & Grill
  • Wali Digital, Inc.
  • McDonald’s
  • Alta One Federal Credit Union
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs
  • Dewar’s Soda Fountain & Fine Candies
  • The Village at Seven Oaks Assisted Living & Memory Care
  • In-Shape Seven Oaks
  • Runaway Gypsy

We really appreciate the neighborly support of the Seven Oaks Good Neighbor Blood Drive! 

Free Pizookie for Donors

BJs-Restaurant-LogoGet your Pizookie® on Saturday, June 27! BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse will be hosting a mobile drive at its Bakersfield location,10750 Stockdale Highway, from noon to 4:00 pm. At the mobile drive, or at either donor center from 8 am to 2 pm, donors will score our free summer t-shirt and a coupon for BJ’s Famous Pizookie® dessert. These coupons are always a real favorite with our donors who know a good thing when they eat it, and believe the opportunity to save lives is all the sweeter with such a special treat!

choc chunk pizookieBJ’s Famous Pizookie® comes in Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, as well as Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter S’mores, Cookies ‘n’ Cream, and Triple Chocolate. There is also a gluten-free Chocolate Chip Pizookie®. These are definitely worth saving room for as each is served warm from the oven and topped with premium ice cream.  Yum!  Don’t miss out on a chance to save lives on BJ’s day at Houchin.

Three-Way Chevrolet-Cadillac Summer Blood Drive

Three WayThree-Way Chevrolet-Cadillac will host The Three-Way Chevrolet-Cadillac Summer Blood Drive to help “drive up blood donations” this summer! The blood drive is open to the public and will be held on Friday, June 26, at 4501 Wible Road in Bakersfield, from 9 am to 3 pm in the Three-way Cadillac showroom at the Bakersfield Auto Mall. We hope to attract 100 donors to this mobile drive.

Quigs Ad Logo MJS 052615 (1) Donors will enjoy a free hot dog and hamburger barbecue from Quig’s BBQ and Catering. Each donor that day will receive one of our summer t-shirts and a Supplier Pricing Certificate to use on qualifying new vehicles!

Three-Way’s mission is to be the premier retail automotive organization in Kern County, by providing customers a superior ownership experience. According to Ted Nicholas, CEO: 83510d784bf5100588b810145efa6b30“At Three-Way Chevrolet-Cadillac our motto is “WE’RE HERE TO HELP!”  That applies not only to providing a great experience for our clients, but to helping out in our community as well.  And what could be a better opportunity to help than to host a blood drive partnering with Houchin Community Blood Bank?”

Old ChevyThree-Way began business in 1956 downtown on Chester Avenue.  The need to expand encouraged the flourishing company to move “out in the country” to 3800 California Avenue in 1969. The award-winning dealership purchased the Cadillac franchise in 2003. Record sales continued, and Three-Way attained the Top Chevrolet and Top GM Retailer in the state of California for 6 consecutive years.  In fact, Three-Way was recognized as the Top Chevrolet Retail Sales Leader in the United States during the months of June and July 2006.

In August that year, Three-Way moved once again to a state-of-the-art dealership facility in the Bakersfield Auto Mall, where they proudly serve all of Kern County’s automotive needs today. Exemplary service, and an earnest desire to help all customers drive not only an affordable, but a superior automobile, are the hallmarks of the dealership.

We are looking forward to our drive at the Cadillac showroom with this great community partner. For an appointment call Three-Way at  661-283-3300 or click here.

Murray Family Farms Day

Murray Family FarmsYou’ve seen their fruit filled stands at the Bakersfield Farmer’s Markets, why not visit the source? On Saturday June 13, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm we will be at Murray Family Farms for a truly enjoyable mobile drive from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  This is a great opportunity for adults to take turns donating, while another adult enjoys all that this great local attraction offers families.  Donors will receive a one half price admission to the farm full of fun for the whole family.

What a great opportunity to save some lives, PLUS check out all Murray Family Farms  offers in the way of tasty home-cooked food, produce, jams, pies, jerky, nuts, fudge and much, much more in their wholesome and unique store. What could be more fun in the summer than picking your own fruit and veggies and introducing the family to great produce and life on the farm? We appreciate the opportunity to have something truly health conscious and family oriented to offer our donors, and are pleased to have a new mobile partner in eastern Kern County.

World Blood Donor Day 2015

World Blood Donor Day is celebrated annually on June 14th. Organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the theme of this year’s campaign is “Thank you for saving my life”. The focus is on thanking blood donors who save lives every day through their blood donations in an effort to encourage more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly, using the slogan “Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters.” According to WHO, “The campaign aims to highlight stories from people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, as a way of motivating regular blood donors to continue giving blood, and to encourage people in good health who have never given blood, particularly young people, to begin doing so.”

Nexcare_Give_2015_Bandages_FanWe will have displays about World Blood Donor Day, featuring patients whose lives we have saved, at each donor center. The displays will include free packs of NexCare give Bandages.  The colorful theme of the bandages this year is “Creating a Culture of Giving”.  The Nexcare Give Program celebrates all those who “give” blood around the world. The 2015 limited-edition collection of bandages features eight vibrant designs inspired by patterns and textiles from various cultures and locations around the world.

“During our recognition of World Blood Donor Day this year, we appreciate the opportunity to remind the public of the need for blood donors from all nationalities to meet rare antigen requests from hospitals for the patients we serve”, said Carola Enriquez, Director of Community Development. “As part of our displays at each center, donors will find an information sheet they can fill in to volunteer information about their national origins to aid us in our rare antigen testing program”, she added.

Univision and Macy’s Partnership

Macy's gift cardTo kick off our summer t-shirt season during the first two weeks of June, Univision Bakersfield 39 is running Spanish language commercials featuring local program hosts Pepe Reyes, of Pulse of the Valley (Pulso del Valle), and Mari Perez-Dowling, of Kern with You (Kern Contigo). Macy’s has generously provided one $250 Macy’s Gift Card for each of our two donor centers to be used for donor drawings.  Entry blanks are available when you register, and the drawings will be held after the last donor has entered on Saturday, June 13, 2015.  We will announce the winners on our Facebook Page.  All donors receive our free summer t-shirts.  We thank these businesses for working with us to “keep hope afloat” for the patients we serve by attracting more people in to donate blood, platelets and plasma for transfusion this summer.

Donors are Summer Lifeguards

FB LifeguardOur summer t-shirt theme this year is life guarding.  That’s exactly what our donors do each time they come in to donate blood, plasma or platelets. Our donors are truly “on duty” this summer to insure there are enough of these products for every patient need. We ask both new and repeat donors to “keep hope afloat” this summer by making sure to donate two or more times.  The free t-shirt is available in June and July, while supplies last.

Karlee shows off the t-shirt filled drawers at the Bolthouse Donor Center

Karlee shows off the t-shirt filled drawers at the Bolthouse Donor Center

Once you have your shirt, wear it proudly around town to encourage others to give. We hope to be getting some selfies featuring our fabulous donors in their shirts from all over the world and here at home. Just post them on our Facebook page or e-mail them to info@hcbb.com and we will be sure to share them. Can we get some at the swimming pool, lake, or ocean to go with our theme?  Thanks for being a donor, and enjoy your shirt with our compliments.

Free Big Mac for Donors

Local McDonald’s stores have joined with us to celebrate National Hamburger Day on Thursday, May 28th from 11 am to 7 pm, by offering coupons for a signature Big Mac® to donors while supplies last. Donors can go to either of our Bakersfield donor centers to take part in the celebration.

Big Macs® were invented at a Pennsylvania McDonald’s in 1967 and cost 45 cents. The popular sandwich went national the next year for 49 cents in 1968.  You won’t even have to pay 1960s prices with your free coupon, so come on in to celebrate with a blood, platelet or plasma donation. Take a selfie and use this hash tag #‎nationalhamburgerday‬ for more fun.


Luncheon Ends Great School Year

LuncheonAt the end of each school year, Houchin Community Blood Bank hosts an elegant luncheon to recognize  high schools contributing the most blood.  This year the theme of the High School Appreciation Luncheon on May 15th was “Leading The Way”.

The schools in our High School Challenge are divided into four categories: Petite, Small, Medium and Large, based on their senior class size. The Petite school winner was Immanuel Christian High School which collected an average of 35 units with a class size of 8.  Small school winner was Frazier Mountain High School  with 121% of their class size participating, collecting a total of 61 units. The Medium school winner was North High School which collected 406 units or 122% of their class size. Our Large school winner was West High School  collecting 99% of their class size with a total of 508 units.

Extra Mile Award

The new Extra Mile Award for the school sending the most students to the donor centers was presented to Liberty by sponor Kern Schools Federal Credit Union.

This year a new award was unveiled at the luncheon sponsored by Kern Schools Federal Credit Union.  This “Extra Mile Award”. This was presented to Liberty High School, for bringing in 115 donors into our donor centers. Stockdale High School  was recognized for bringing in the most units during the crucial months of Summer. 94 donors came into either donor center crediting Stockdale High.   In all, high schools came together to hold 53 blood drives,and collecting 6,617 units of blood, which was an increase of 570 units over last school year.  These donations possibly saved as many as 19,851 lives. High school blood drives represent over 20% of our total blood supply. More photos are available in our Facebook Photo Album.

The Leading the Way trophies lined up for presentation along with The Extra Mile Award.

Each participating school, received a “Leading the Way” award plus a signature Houchin Community Blood Bank license plate frame featuring the number of gallons of blood each school has collected in total during their years of participation. The Houchin Ambassadors in each school, who organize the drives to gain leadership experience and community service, were recognized for their hard work, as were the principals and advisors who make the program so successful.  Brian Serrano, a senior from Golden Valley High School was one of the speakers as was Gaby Rios, a junior from Arvin High School who also served as a Houchin high school ambassador. They both received a $250.00 scholarship, sponsored by Kern Schools Federal Credit Union.

2015 High School Luncheon

Stephanie Gibbons, Account Manager for the High School Program, recognized all the sponsors and winners.

Other award presentations were made to community volunteers who assist with the high school mobiles and local businesses who support the high school program including:  Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, Yogurtland, McDonald’s, Rusty’s Pizza, Wall Street Imprintables,  Sonic Drive In and Tutti Frutti Yogurt @ Hageman.

It was announced that the Gallon Grad Club, welcomed in 145 students,who met this challenge by donating 8 times to reach the one gallon mark.  Each received their own one gallon license plate frame, a custom blood type key chain, and a letter of recognition from our President and CEO, Greg Gallion, at the time their achievement was reached.