Out for Blood During Shark Week

Sharks are out for blood, and so are we from August 10-16, 2014 during the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week.  During Shark Week, all donors will receive a free admission pass to the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History in Bakersfield, home to outstanding exhibits about our own Sharktooth Hill Bone Bed.  The museum was featured during Shark Week programming in 2013. Donors can also enter to win four tickets to San Diego’s Sea World compliments of Burger King. Shark Week has been the “King of Summer Since ’87″, so we hope this blood drive engages new and repeat donors to come into the donor centers so we can avoid the very scary sight of empty shelves.

The drive will kick off with a shark inspired social at the Bolthouse Donor Center from 4-7 pm on Monday, August 11 featuring shark fossils from the Buena Vista Museum and themed food. Walk-ins are always welcome, but for a much appreciated appointment, please click here.

July Fourth Can be Dangerous

safe july 4We will be closed on July 4th so that everyone can enjoy the holiday with family and friends, but we need full shelves to rest assured all will be well with our local blood supply over the holiday weekend. Just consider what can happen.  Fireworks can cause burns and other injuries, and so can barbecue grills.  People can get over heated or injured from playing sports or games they are not used to. Travel is up and so are accidents.

According to Forbes Magazine, the National Safety Council calls the Fourth of July “the most dangerous holiday of the year”. Drinking and driving, as well as fireworks injuries among children, are some of the reasons given in the article. Valuable information on typical fireworks injuries and how to prevent them is available here from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

So, lets resolve to have a safe and enjoyable celebration ourselves, and ensure there are enough blood, platelet and plasma donations on hand for any emergency that might arise by making it into the blood bank or one of our community blood drives this week.

ABC 23 recently did an excellent story on summer’s demands on blood supplies and trauma centers and it is available here.

Donors Love New Eyewitness News Blood Drive

2014 KBAK EblastWe were thrilled to welcome Eyewitness News KBAK-CBS 29 and KBFK Fox 58 as a new blood drive sponsor this summer. The Eyewitness News Summer Blood Drive  took place June 23-27, with five days of $500 a day prizes thanks to the stations and five local sponsors. The drive brought in 888 donors, 121 of them new, and we collected 682 pints of life saving blood at the two donor centers and mobile drives, so it was a great week. The information on the sponsors, prizes, and the lucky blood donors who won each are noted below.  Winner photos are on our Facebook page.

Monday, June 23    Winner: Luis A. Negron
$500 Best Buy Gift Card
Sponsor: Capital Dental Group

Tuesday, June 24   Winner: Norman B. Coughran
$500 Lowe’s Gift Card
Sponsor: Coldwell Banker

Wednesday, June 25   Winner: Tina Ericsson
$500 Visa Gift Card
Sponsor: Bakersfield College

Thursday, June 26   Winner: Celeste Ortega
$150 Home Depot Gift Card
$150 Winco Gift Card
$100 Target Gift Card
$50 Edwards Theater Gift Card
$50 Tahoe Joe’s Gift Card
Sponsor: Law Offices of Young and Nichols

Friday, June 27   Winner: Paul Gungle
$500 VISA Gift Card
Sponsor: Family Motors Auto Group


Chance for Paradise Returns

Catalina-Island-1It’s back! The popular Two Tickets to Paradise Blood Drive sponsored by SC Communications, Inc is back for a third year. Thanks to our sponsor, one lucky donor will be drawn to get a taste of “Island Time” with a vacation for two to Catalina Island, “California’s Only Island Destination Resort”. To enter, just fill in the drawing slip  for this fabulous escape when you donate between Monday, July 14 and Saturday, July 26, 2014.

SC-Communications-vectorSC Communications, Inc. strives to provide a sense of community with its business, and we are pleased they have chosen to support our community blood bank so we can offer this exciting donor prize and two social events. Two “Island Time Socials” from 4-7 pm are scheduled to celebrate the event, one on Monday, July 21 at the Bolthouse Donor Center, and one at the Truxtun Donor Center on Thursday, July 24.  Both will feature light appetizers with an island vibe.  Please plan to join us!

Catalina Island WelcomeBlood banks face a shortage of donors every summer because high schools are out of session and regular donors are traveling.  With about 20% of the donating public unavailable, we rely on many smaller mobile drives to keep blood supplies coming in.  We also make renewed efforts to encourage occasional donors to come in, and engage new donors to give blood donation a try. Fun events and donor drawings make that possible, so we thank SC Communications for their ongoing support of this mid-summer drive.

Escape to Avila Beach

avila beachIt really is Christmas in July for one lucky donor who will be drawn at random to win a weekend at Avila Beach compliments of Tracy Frith, Loan Officer with Summit Financial Services. Tracy has compiled one of her own favorite escapes for this package to include one night at the Avila Lighthouse Suites, dinner at the Chart House, and gas money! The room will fit four people easily, so take the family or keep it a romantic get-a-way. Your choice if you win! Avila Beach is a hidden gem along the California coast with great beaches, food, fun and a famous pier. You can see what it’s like there right now via this webcam.

Tracy Frith PhotoTracy is a long time member of the Executives’ Association of Kern County which is sponsoring a monthly prize throughout 2014 to celebrate it’s 30th Anniversary. We call it the EAKC 30/30 drawing.  Tracy has been a local Mortgage Broker since 1995 and holds both a California Real Estate License and an NMLS license. She is a past member of the Active 20/30 Club, Women’s Council of Realtors, and was on the 2014 Committee for the Bakersfield Association of Realtors Wine Tasting and Auction. Tracy offers all types of Residential Financing including FHA, Conventional, VA and Construction Loans.  Her strong attention to detail provides for a stress free transaction. Tracy can be reached at tracy@gotosummitfinancial.com or 661-472-0932. 

To enter to win this great prize, all you have to do is donate blood, platelets or plasma during July. To find out more about the EAKC 30/30 monthly prize drawing during 2014 click here.

It’s A Rusty’s Pizza Month!

Rustys-LogoRusty’s Pizza is a long time supporter of blood banking in our community. Our friends at Rusty’s provide coupons for a free individual cheese or pepperoni pizza to each donor on a quarterly basis, in January, April, July, and October each year.  The coupons are good at any of Rusty’s nine convenient locations. Student donors also get the coupons on school drives. This is an amazing commitment to recognizing our blood donors unmatched in the industry. Thank you Rusty’s Pizza!!

Race in to Give Returns


We are proud to  partner with the Kern County Raceway Park, Bakersfield’s Home for NASCAR, for the second annual Race in to Give Blood Drive from Saturday, July 5 through Saturday, July 12, 2014.

The drive will kick off with an evening social on Monday, July 7 at the Bolthouse Donor Center from 4 ~ 7 pm.  One or more race cars will be on display and drivers will be on hand to mingle with donors as we serve up some race day style food.  Throughout the drive, donors will receive a voucher for a General Admission ticket for the July 12 race, while supplies last. There will be a drawing at noon on Friday, July 11 for four tickets and a four lap ride in the two seater race car at the July 12th race, just especially for the winner or his/her person of choice. Donors can enter to win all week prior to the drawing at both donor centers.

RacewayJuly 12th race at Kern County Raceway Park is Allstate Insurance Night, featuring the NASCAR CITGO Lubricants Late Models Twin 35s, Southwest Tour Trucks, Legends, Bandoleros, and Mini Stocks Golden Empire Mustangs. Gates open at 4:00 pm and the races get underway at 7:00 pm. We hope to see a lot of Team Houchin t-shirts in the stands that night.  Be sure to share a selfie on Facebook or Twitter! It is sure to be an exciting evening of professional racing.

The need for blood, plasma and platelets is always high in the summer months because the high schools drives which provide 20% of our supply are over and our regular donors begin their summer vacations, entertain family, and generally get out of regular habits.  We have an ongoing need for O- and A- blood, and platelets of any type.  We encourage new and existing donors to take action and Race in to Give to replenish and maintain an adequate blood supply for our community.


8th Annual Community Wide Blood Drive

disneylandThe 8th Annual Community Wide Blood Drive takes place from Monday July 28 to Sunday August 10, 2014 to make sure there is enough blood for Kern County patients during the last month of summer vacation.Thanks to sponsors San Joaquin Community HospitalKaiser Permanente donors at the blood bank and on all mobiles will be entered to win a Grand Prize Disney Vacation, as well as a daily $100 fuel card drawing during the drive!

For more information or appointments click here or call 661-616-2505. A toll-free number is also available: 877-364-5844. More details on the kick-off will be forthcoming later in the month.

The Community Wide Blood Drive is a legacy of Vision 2020 and will kick off Monday, July 28 with a 13 hour mobile drive at 22nd and L Street sponsored by KGET TV 17 from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm. The ongoing commitment of the television station to the event received the national Media Partner of the Year Award in 2014 from America’s Blood Centers. This annual kick-off brings in more than 200 donations in one day.

Red, White and You for July Fourth

fireworkOur Red White and You Blood Drive will be taking place from Tuesday, July 1 through Thursday, July 3, 2014.  Holiday weeks are always tough in blood banking, since people tend to have plans which keep them from donating.

During this second annual drive donors will be entered into a drawing for two huge fireworks packages. The drawing for the Moonstruck fireworks package donated by the Wasco Knights of Columbus will take place at 5:00 pm on Wednesday the 2nd, and the winner can pick that package up at the Truxtun Donor center. The drawing for the Night Fright fireworks package donated by the Apostolic Temple of Lamont will be drawn after 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 3rd. That package will be available for pick up at the Phantom Fireworks stand at 6473 Niles Street in Bakersfield on the 4th of July in plenty of time to enjoy them.

There will be special mobile drives at two Phantom Fireworks stands as follows:

  • Knights of Columbus, July 2, 4:00 to 8:30 pm, K-Mart Parking Lot, Wasco
  • Apostolic Tabernacle of Lamont, July 2 and 3, 6-9 pm, Niles Street at Fairfax in Bakersfield, in front of the Food Maxx

Donors at these mobile drives will receive a 10% discount on fireworks purchases, a free fountain, Team Houchin summer t-shirt, and the opportunity to enter to win a $60 fireworks package offered only to donors at the mobile drives. We thank both these booths for contributing the prizes in our Red White and You Blood Drive.  To make an appointment for either mobile drive, or a donor center, call 616-2505 or click here.



Don’t Miss the NEW Eyewitness News Summer Blood Drive!

2014 KBAK EblastIt’s always a challenge to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients, but the summer months can be especially difficult. Blood banks face a shortage of donors every summer because high schools are out of session and regular donors are travelingWhile the supply of available donors goes down, the need for blood products remains constant.

One way to encourage blood donation during the crucial summer months is to have fun through themed contests, prizes, and other donor recognition activities. So we are proud to welcome Eyewitness News KBAK-CBS 29 and KBFK Fox 58 as a new blood drive sponsor. The Eyewitness News Summer Blood Drive will be kicking off on Monday, June 23 to Friday, June 27, 2014, with five days of $500 a day prizes thanks to Eyewitness News KBAK-CBS 29 and KBFX Fox 58 and the following sponsors:

Monday, June 23
$500 Best Buy Gift Card
Sponsor: Capital Dental Group
Tuesday, June 24
$500 Lowe’s Gift Card
Sponsor: Coldwell Banker
Wednesday, June 25
$500 Visa Gift Card
Sponsor: Bakersfield College
Thursday, June 26
$150 Home Depot Gift Card
$150 Winco Gift Card
$100 Target Gift Card
$50 Edwards Theater Gift Card
$50 Tahoe Joe’s Gift Card
Sponsor: Law Offices of Young and Nichols
Friday, June 27
$500 VISA Gift Card
Sponsor: Family Motors Auto Group


Morning Reporter Josh Helmuth kicked off the drive by donating live for Eyewitness News on Monday.

Chief Meteorologist and blood donor, Miles Muzio, will announce the daily winners live at 10 pm on Eyewitness News! All blood donors will also receive a free summer team t-shirt for “joining our lifesaving team” during the summer. It is expected to be busy this week as a result of the prizes, so while walk-ins are welcome, appointments are suggested. Appointments can be made be calling 323-4222 or clicking here.