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.

National Sandwich Day Drive

Jerseu MikesWe are celebrating National Sandwich Day on Monday, November 3 with Jersey Mike’s Subs. With three locations in Bakersfield convenient to our donor centers, we are very pleased to be able to offer 100 donors a coupon for a free regular sub that day. What a great way to treat yourself to lunch or dinner after saving lives!

Jersey Mike’s Subs has been in business since 1956, and prides itself on “providing customers with the freshest, highest quality sub sandwiches available, prepared right in front of you and served with energy and enthusiasm. Our culture of giving and making a difference in the lives of our customers creates an important bond in the communities we serve” according to founder Peter Cancro on the company’s website.

We appreciate the spirit of giving we have experienced with our local Jersey Mike’s stores and look forward to celebrating National Sandwich Day with our volunteer donors thanks to them. It will also be double points day at Jersey Mike’s to celebrate the day in case you need to buy extras for the family.

Destination for Your Donation Back

hawaii_twilightThe annual Destination for Your Donation Blood Drive is back and bigger than ever.  We thank Paramount Farms for sponsoring a Hawaii Vacation Package for one lucky donor good for five nights and six days in our great vacation state.  All you have to do to enter is fill in an entry slip when you donate between November 17 and 29, 2014.  This annual drive helps us kick off the holiday season, just in time to remind people that the need for blood, platelets and plasma will not decline as holiday festivities get underway.

Paramount FarmsParamount Farms is the world’s largest grower and processor of almonds and pistachios. Working with their Grower Partners, they farm 125,000 sunny acres that deliver 450 million pounds of nuts. We are thrilled that this internationally recognized corporation has chosen to recognize the contributions of Kern County blood donors with this awesome prize drawing again this year.

Bricks to Honor Veterans

Veterans brickDo you have a veteran in your family to recognize this Veterans Day? Consider a brick in our Path of Life at the new Bolthouse Donor Center. Bricks start at just $125 and are located at the entrance to our new headquarters building at 11515 Bolthouse Drive. This path is a permanent installation surrounded by lush landscaping and beautiful water features.

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.


Win Groceries in November

Woman holding grocery bagOne November blood donor will win a $500 Albertsons Grocery Store Gift Card thanks to Kern Computer Corporation.  Wouldn’t that be great for the holidays? There are no forms to fill out as your donation of blood, platelets, or plasma at any mobile drive or at either donor center serves as an automatic entry during the month. 

This drawing is part of the Executives’ Association of Kern County 30/30 Drawing, which offers a new prize each month during 2014 to celebrate the organization’s 30th Anniversary. Kern Computer Corporation was happy to underwrite an Albertsons gift card because we organize blood drives throughout Kern County at Albertsons store locations. This is one way to show our appreciation for Albertsons’ ongoing support of blood donation in our community.

KCClogo484stackedKern Computer Corporation has been in business for 32 years, catering to the computer needs of a select clientele. Services include computer hardware consultation and support, networking and repair. Kern Computer Corporation has been a proud member of the Executives’ Association of Kern County for decades and is proud to give back to the community through this donation supporting the volunteer blood donors of Kern County.

Disney on Ice Drawing

Ariel-and-FriendsFrom October 30 to November 1, donors can enter to win four tickets to the fabulous Disney on Ice “Worlds of Fantasy” show at the Rabobank Arena thanks to the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center. The vouchers are good for any of the shows from November 6-9, 2014. This magical Disney fantasy on ice features the four worlds of Cars, The Little Mermaid, Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies, and Toy Story. Disney moments will come to life with dazzling skating and special effects featuring beloved characters from those well loved stories.

We appreciate the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center for recognize the good works of our donors with this drawing prize.



Bacon and Beer Donor Drawing

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Heather from Donor Services shows off the great bacon basket with two tickets to the Bacon and Craft Beer Festival for our donor drawing

We have a very special donor drawing for November 3-6, 2014: two tickets to the “original and official” Bakersfield Bacon and Craft Beer Festival to be held at Stramler Park next to the Kern County Museum on Chester Avenue in Bakersfield on Saturday, November 8 from noon to 5 pm. This is the first year for the festival which promises 20 breweries featuring more than 55 beers, plus unlimited bacon!

The tickets come with an awesome basket of bacon goodness for one lucky winner.  If the winning donor is under 21, we will substitute two movie passes. We welcome the Bakersfield Bacon and Craft Beer Festival to the many local organizations and businesses who help us recognize the lifesaving work of our volunteer donors.


Kern County BOO-seum Ticket Drawings For Donors

Two fabulous October traditions take place at the Kern County Museum, and both have provided us with daily ticket drawings for blood donors. What great treats, and the only trick is to donate during the offer periods as detailed below! Every donor gets a free individual Rusty’s Pizza coupon too.

Talladega FrightsDonors between October 13-17 can enter to win a daily drawing for two tickets to Talladega Frights, the ever-evolving scarefest which has grown year after year into a don’t miss attraction.  This is truly the Central Valley’s biggest and best haunted attraction. This year’s features are: Hillbilly Hell, Detention – Green River High School, and Wicked Dark.  There is also a DJ Dance Party on Friday and Saturday nights. There will also be a grand prize of two tickets including fast passes and 2 t-shirts, PLUS some gift cards to round out a complete evening of food, fun and spooky entertainment.

safe+halloweenFrom October 20-29, donors can enter to win a daily family 4 pack of tickets to Safe Halloween, a less scary event geared to families with children 3-12.  There will be more than 40 trick or treat stations, costume contests, and activities throughout the museum’s historic settings.  Businesses, clubs and organizations all band together to create this safe alternative for families that has become a community tradition for generations. We will draw one lucky winner of a grand prize package for 4, which includes not only tickets but everything else needed to round out the Safe Halloween evening of choice, either October 30 or 31. For more information contact us at or 661-616-2505.