Humble, philanthropic and kind-hearted are a few words that sum up dedicated donor Duane Spickler. Duane has achieved 16 gallons and is also our blood drive chairperson for First United Methodist Church. Growing up, Duane always wanted to make a difference in someone’s life and every 8 weeks he gets to fulfill this mission.
Duane began donating in 1992 while in the Sheriff’s Academy because his trainer encouraged the students to find out their blood type, “I always wanted to donate but I had a fear of needles, but since I was in the process of becoming a Sheriff I thought it would be another great way to serve the community,” said Duane. He continues to donate because it makes him feel good knowing that he is keeping hope alive for someone. But Duane always wanted to do more, so when one of the members of the church he attends fell ill and needed blood, Duane decided to host a blood drive. “I always wondered why I couldn’t have done this years ago, because my stepdad, who was a long time donor, was the chairperson for Stockdale Moose Lodge and he inspired me to dedicate myself to this cause,” explained Duane.
It’s not an easy task to be a chairperson for a blood drive, but Duane works hard to make sure his blood drives run smoothly. Even juggling his full time job as a sheriff, other volunteer work, and his family, Duane manages to find time to organize a successful blood drive at First United Methodist Church. “You just have to prioritize and organize your life and anything is possible,” Duane explains. Duane is passionate and driven to meet his blood drive goal. If he falls short, he figures out a way to improve his next blood drive.
Besides being a dedicated donor and chairperson, Duane enjoys hunting, traveling and spending time with his family. Duane encourages others to donate, “the tagline, people live when people give truly exemplifies the importance of donating blood. Don’t wait until someone you know needs it, there will always be a need.”
Sharks are out for blood and so are we, from July 6 to 11, 2015 during the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week. During Shark Week, donors can enter to win a trip to Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific featuring Shark Lagoon and a night on the Queen Mary. Donors will also receive an awesome free “Lifeguard” themed t-shirt.
TheAquarium of the Pacificin Long Beach, California is dedicated to instilling wonder, respect, and preservation for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants and ecosystems. It is home to 11,000 animals in over 50 exhibits. Shark Lagoon is a 10,000 square foot exhibit featuring more than 150 sharks, some you can touch, and some you can’t!
TheQueen Mary is rich with history dating back into the Great Depression. She exemplifies elegance and luxury. Since taking her maiden voyage on May 27, 1936, the Queen Mary set a new benchmark in transatlantic travel. During WWII, the Queen Mary made the transition from elegant cruise ship to the largest and fastest troopship. Following the war, she returned to her former glory, but with the increase in popularity of air travel, the Queen Mary made her final transition to what we know her as today: a floating hotel, attraction and event/wedding venue, home to three world class restaurants, and an icon in Southern California.
So dive in to one of our donor centers or mobile blood drives from July 6 to the 11 to enter to win this unforgettable Long Beach getaway. Walk-ins are welcome, but an appointment is much appreciated, so please click here to request one today.
Rusty’s Pizza is a long time supporter of blood donation in our community. Our friends at Rusty’s provide coupons for a free individual cheese or pepperoni pizza to each donor in the months of January, April, July, and October each year. The coupons are good at any of Rusty’s nine convenient locations.This is an amazing commitment to recognizing our blood donors unmatched in the industry.
Since its beginning, Rusty’s has been involved in the community with a strong emphasis on children through school programs and youth organizations. Student blood donors also get the individual pizza coupons at school blood drives all year. We appreciate Rusty’s sense of community and support of blood donation. Thank you Rusty’s Pizza!
With the summer in full swing and the heat reaching new highs, the July Executives’ Association of Kern County monthly drawing is $500 COLD CASH! A few extra bucks in this heat can go a long way towards a trip to the beach, buying a new fan, or paying that high electrical bill from having the AC running!
SC Communications, Inc. is sponsoring this cash prize, and has been an EAKC member for decades. The company prides itself on providing good quality communications, excellent service, and a sense of community. Since 1993, they have been in the forefront of quality wireless communications in the southern San Joaquin Valley, providing wireless solutions to many businesses, families, and special events around Kern County. Business telephone systems and repair, telecommunications, state-wide radio coverage, GPS tracking, data cabling, mission critical dispatch systems, radio towers, and telecommunications repair and service are just some of the services they can provide.
Asked why SC Communications, Inc. supports blood donation, Skip Chandler, President/ CEO says: ” We figure that Kern County has been good to us and what better way to give back. Besides, look at all the people this helps, you really get to touch a lot of people in a positive way, you’re not giving to one person but many.”
To enter to win this great summer prize, all you have to do is donate blood, platelets, or plasma during July!
Our 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The annual “Twice as Nice Pledge 2 Give” has a new name and face! This year we are introducing the Summer Pledge Drive. To simplify the pledge and prize drawings, donors will get one entry for each donation between May 1 and September 30, 2015. A blood donor can donate three times during that period, and a platelet or plasma donor could get in many more entries. All you need to get started is to pledge online here.
Instead of just one prize at the end of the drive, there will be numerous prize drawings. We will track donations for all those who have pledged and conduct prize drawings on June 5th, August 5th, and September 30th. We are still collecting awesome prizes, so check back to see what’s been added! How many entries will you have for these fine prizes?