EAKC Pot o’ Gold for March

$500 Pot of Gold CroppedThanks to Continental Labor & Staffing Resources we really do have a pot o’ gold for one lucky March donor. The Executives’ Association of Kern County (EAKC) prize for the month is $500 in cold hard cash! Easy to spend, easy to win.  All you need to do is donate on a mobile drive or at either donor center during the month.

Continental Labor and Staffing Resources is proud to be the chosen employment service provider in the EAKC. A  leader in staffing and safety since 1993,  Continental specializes in traditional staffing solutions including temporary help, temp-to-hire positions, and direct hire recruitment. With branches in Ridgecrest, Paso Robles, Visalia and Bakersfield, Continental is proud to serve employers in a wide variety of industries by linking them with the employees they need, on a temporary or permanent basis.

continental laborContinental’s motto is “Helping Your Company Grow One Person at a Time”, with a focus on meeting the employment needs in these areas: Heavy Industrial, Construction, Clerical, Manufacturing & Distribution, Light Industrial, and Automotive Industry. Job safety is a primary concern, so at Continental, extra care is given to ensuring that each person being placed understands that “if you BELIEVE in Safety, you will act SAFELY”. Continental’s vision is “To be recognized as the leader in staffing in the communities in which we serve and to achieve excellence in human resource solutions”.

Businesses in the Executive’s Association of Kern County provides a donor prize each month to encourage volunteers to donate blood, platelet and plasma to serve the transfusion needs of local patients.

$100 a Day Fuel Prize in February

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Thanks to an anonymous business sponsor, we have extra encouragement for donors to save lives during February.  Each day there will be a $100 fuel card drawing from among all donors at mobiles and at both donor centers.  To enter, just register to donate at any location.

We are always looking for business sponsors to help forward the cause of blood, platelet and plasma donation in Kern County.  Just give Community Development a call for more information at 661-616-2500 or info@hcbb.com. It’s just another way to join our team and help save lives!

Houchin Miracle Kathy Agapiou

We are starting a new program to connect our donors to people who have survived a variety of life threatening situations and illnesses thanks to blood donors.  We are calling these people our Houchin Miracles, and they want to thank the anonymous donors who provided the blood, platelets and plasma which helped save their lives.

Our first miracle is Kathy Agapiou of Tehachapi who has survived numerous heart surgeries and cancer with the help of blood products.  This video tells her story and allows her to say thanks.

We are looking for more patient stories to feature this year.  If you, or someone you know, might want to be recognized as a Houchin Miracle, please send an e-mail to info@hcbb.com with contact information and the basic story to share so we can follow-up with you.  We look forward to sharing these stories through social media and other means to help remind us all why we are here each day to provide lifesaving products to people we will never know.  Thanks for helping us put a face to the patients blood donation helps!

Pick-Me-Up Prize for February Donors

Woman with thumbs up cropThe monthly Executives’ Association of Kern County prize all February donors will be automatically entered to win is what we are calling the Pick-Me-Up Prize. A pick-me-up is something that makes you feel better and more lively, and we could all use that this time of year! The prize consists of a $300 Master Card sponsored by Mahalo Pool Care and Alcorn Aire, plus $500 in tile, stone, and carpet care services from Clean Sweep.

This is the second year EAKC has celebrated local blood donors with a monthly prize. EAKC has been in business for 31 years fostering business networking in our community. We thank these fine business partners for contributing this month’s donor drawing prize:.

AlcornAireLogosizedAlcorn Aire, Incorporated is a family owned and operated company providing sales, service, and support for HVAC systems in both business and residential buildings throughout central California. The company was founded in 1988 by Harry Alcorn, who now has over 25 years experience in the air conditioning and heating industry. The business is based on integrity, skilled employees and solid principles. Alcorn is one of the finest providers of HVAC service in Bakersfield because of its core operating principles of fair pricing, time sensitivity, quality, and safety.

Clean Sweep Logo1Clean Sweep is owned by Ken and Kathy Pistoresi, who have helped people with their floor cleaning needs in the Bakersfield area for over 30 years. Ken is a certified expert in stone and tile restoration and cleaning, grout re-color, permanent grout sealer, concrete stains and coatings, and carpet and upholstery cleaning.  Clean Sweep has the expertise to provide warranty service work for major carpet manufacturers, and believes in educating the consumer about needed service to make the best informed decision on possible cleaning and repair techniques. Clean Sweep can advise on the best course of action for the consumer no matter how damage occurred or how serious the flooring or furnishing problem seems.

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Mahalo Pool Care  is a professional and reliable pool service company owned by Erik Straub, whose motto is: “Enjoy Your Pool – We’ll Do The Rest”. This family owned business prides itself on being aware of each pool owner’s needs and concerns. They know that besides the wish for a crystal clear pool, their customers want a healthy and enjoyable environment for their families.

Help People Like Kathy Today

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Kathy is able to enjoy her granddaughter Delila thanks to blood donors like you.

Every two seconds someone needs blood.  Blood must be on the shelves at hospitals to save lives. Blood cannot be manufactured, it can only come from volunteers like you. Please join our lifesaving team today. For more information, call Peggy at 661-616-2540, or e-mail us at info@hcbb.com.

For hours and locations click here.

For information on the donation process click here.

Blood donors are welcome to drop in to either donor center, but convenient appointments are available here.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

First Annual Larry Luntz KRV Drive

JoAnne and Larry Luntz were honored at our Kern River Valley appreciation evening on October 16, 2014

JoAnne and Larry Luntz were honored for their years of service at our Kern River Valley appreciation evening on October 16, 2014.

The regular Kern River Valley Community Blood drive on February 10 from noon to 6 at the First Baptist Church in Lake Isabella has been designated the first annual Larry Luntz Memorial Blood Drive.  Larry Luntz died on December 31, 2014.  He was a treasured friend of the blood bank, and our long time blood drive volunteer in the Kern River Valley along with his wife, JoAnne.  “We were so sorry to lose Larry, but know his legacy will continue with this annual tribute drive. Larry was very motivated to encourage others to donate blood, and to see that our drives in the Kern River Valley were a success for years and years”, said Christina Scrivner, Houchin’s Account Manager for eastern Kern County.

We hope to see all our regular donors turn out for this community drive, not only to impact patient lives,  but to honor Larry’s longstanding service to blood banking in the Kern River Valley.

Resolve to Get Fit and Save Lives

Alma checks Justin's blood pressure.

Alma checks Justin’s blood pressure.

Donating blood can be an ongoing part of a healthy lifestyle.  Not only do the blood products save lives every day in hospitals county wide, but volunteer blood donors get a “mini physical” each time they donate.  From the blood pressure check to the finger stick to the cholesterol results, each of these tests helps ensure a healthy person is donating for others.

To encourage blood donation during National Blood Donor Month, Kern Family Health Care is offering a great, health-enhancing donor prize as we Resolve to Get Fit and Save Lives together in January 2015.  Throughout the month, all donors can enter to win a Wii U Family Fit,  2 player bundle which includes the console, balance board, game software and controllers, PLUS a new TV!

Kern Family LogoAccording to CEO Doug Hayward: “Kern Family Health Care recognizes the importance of donating blood.  As the largest health plan in Kern County, we know that our members rely on blood products being available when they are needed.  We are proud to partner with Houchin Community Blood Bank to promote blood donations to ensure an adequate supply of blood and blood products in our community.”

Kern Family Health Care is dedicated to improving the health status of its members through an integrated managed health care delivery system. We are pleased to join with the organization to celebrate our donors with this great month-long prize drawing, which will provide a new way to increased health for one lucky donor.

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EAKC January Prize

Night on the Town photoHow about a vacation without leaving home?  That’s what the EAKC Monthly Drawing prize is for January. Thanks to all our friends at the Executives’ Association of Kern County, a monthly prize will be awarded to one lucky blood donor drawn from all donors each month.  January’s prize is a Night on the Town, sponsored by Cathi Guerrero, Executive Director of EAKC, and EAKC’s official hotel, the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center. The prize includes a one night stay at the Marriott with a welcome champagne basket, and dinner for two at The Nines! Just think, you could couple this with a concert at the Rabobank or Fox, a film at the Maya, or a First Friday downtown – whatever you wish to make a truly memorable staycation.

The NinesCathi Guerrero has been the Executive Director of the 75 member EAKC since 1987. She is the principal of Black & Sterling Management, which also manages the Junior League Building in downtown Bakersfield. Cathi wanted to personally kick-off another year of the EAKC Monthly Drawing with her own contribution. She is just thrilled that member businesses sponsored all twelve months of the 30/30 blood donor drawing in just a matter of weeks in 2014 and now for 2015.

The Bakersfield Marriott, has helped the blood bank with many drives and promotions. “The Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center applauds all Houchin’s hard work and dedication. We are proud to support their efforts and value their “Spirit to Serve” our community,” says Vanessa Arellano Emo, Director of Sales.

Information about all the prizes in EAKC’s monthly drawing will be unveiled all year.

 

A Resolution We Love: 4 in 2015

Erica and VictoriaJanuary is a great month to resolve to give blood four times during 2015. Once in the winter, twice in the summer, and one other time convenient to you, would really help us maintain the right type of blood products for the patients we serve all year. Can we count on you?

Because January is a challenging time of year for blood donation, it has been celebrated as National Blood Donor Month since 1970, to recognize the importance of giving blood and platelets while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need. Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter season for a number of reasons: regular donors are hit by illnesses, people are traveling or on vacation, and in many parts of the country and our own mountain communities bad weather can keep people from venturing out even to donate blood. When high schools are not in session 20% of the nation’s donors are not where they can be easily reached. January in particular, is a difficult month for blood centers like ours to collect donations.

blood donation yearDonors of all types are needed, especially those with O-, A-, and O+ blood. With a shelf life of only 42 days, red blood cells must be constantly replenished to maintain an adequate supply for patients. Since platelets only last 5 days on the shelf, we can never take a vacation from collecting those from any blood type.

All month long donors at the blood bank and on mobile drives will receive a free Rusty’s Pizza coupon for an individual cheese or pepperoni pizza. Reasons to Give t-shirts will also be available while supplies last.

 

 

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.