March Featured Donor of the Month

photo 1 (16)Growing up, Kevin Mulhause was like any typical teenager where everything was about him. Until one life changing incident, triggered him to make a change. Now, Kevin is the 8th highest platelet donor at Houchin.

In the early 90’s, Kevin received a call from his aunt that her son needed blood products because he had leukemia. Without any hesitation, Kevin stopped by the blood bank to make a lifesaving donation. “At the time I wanted to help but, I was little naïve about the process. But, Houchin staff educated me on the importance of donating, which made me commit,” expressed Kevin.

photo 2 (11)Kevin donated every 8 weeks of whole blood until one day, one of our staff members asked him if he could donate platelets because of his great veins! “If I can maximize my donation with one visit then why not especially knowing, platelets only have a 5 day shelf life,” said Kevin. Now, Kevin has donated 545 platelets and 10 pints of whole blood!

Kevin continues to donate in honor of his mom who died 10 years ago from cancer and for all the survivor stories he has witnessed at each platelet dinner he attends. Besides being an avid donor, he enjoys racing remote control cars in his spare time. Kevin encourages others to donate, “someone will always need blood products and without donors, then we won’t be giving patients a fighting chance to survive.”

 

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.

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!

Send a Friend, You Both Get a Large!

Rusty's GirlOur great friends at Rusty’s Pizza Parlor have heard our calls for additional donors at both donor centers and decided to do something about it for a second year. Throughout March 2015, donors, and friends of Houchin who can’t donate, can send in or bring in a new donor, and both will receive a coupon for a delicious FREE two item large pizza! All you have to do to take part is pick up as many “Send a Friend” forms as you need at either donor center, or download the form here. 

Just fill in the top part for yourself, and have your new donor fill in the bottom and turn it in when they donate. Each of you will receive your free pizza coupons in the mail directly from Rusty’s. The coupons are good through May 31, 2015 at any of Rusty’s nine convenient locations.

Rusty's LogoThis is a fabulous opportunity to earn a free large pizza for yourself, while you help us find more new donors. And that’s not all! You can recommend more than one new donor to us for additional free pizza coupons!  This fantastic opportunity is only available during March, so start planning who you can ask to become a new donor today!

People often report they have never donated blood because they weren’t asked.  Here is a great chance to change that by asking people to become donors this month.
Free Pizza SlipSince its beginning in 1969 in the Santa Barbara area, Rusty’s Pizza has been involved in the community with a strong emphasis on children through school programs, youth organizations and a number of community engagement projects.

We just cannot thank Rusty’s Pizza of Bakersfield enough for their ongoing support of our mission to provide a safe and adequate blood supply for Kern County.  Regular donors are familiar with the free individual pizza coupons offered quarterly each year and on all high school drives. Now, through this generous “Send a Friend” offer, Rusty’s is helping us reach new donors through a network of friends like you, so send in your new donors today!