October 2014 Donor of the Month

IMG_9468

Amanda and Ashley with their kids along with their mom Gloria Saffell.

Gloria, Ashley and Amanda Saffell started giving blood just a few short years ago, but between the three of them, they will have given 5 gallons before this year is up!  It all started when the youngest Ashley donated at her High School in Kern River Valley.  From then on, Ashley was a dedicated blood donor. One day, Ashley showed up at the community drive in Kern River Valley to donate, and brought her mom, Gloria.  After they went to their local Burger King to redeem the free Whopper coupon from the Houchin blood drive, they called up Amanda.  They all laughed as they recalled that conversation, “Free Whopper! I’m so there!”, said Amanda.

So naturally a competition emerged!  Currently, Gloria is in the lead, assisted by the fact that both girls have had a baby since they began donating (donors are not eligible while pregnant, or until released by their doctor).  Both Ashley and Amanda returned after their babies were born, and have donated more than a gallon, while Gloria’s next donation will make 2 gallons for her.

They all agreed that their motivation for donating is the friends and family that have needed blood products because of car accidents, and Gloria’s husband who suffers from a brain tumor. They calculated that between the three of them, they are responsible for bringing at least 10 new donors to the Kern River Valley Blood Drives!  Amanda summed it up well, “it’s a very valid charity that doesn’t cost anything, but is a great way to give back!”

 

No Trick for October Treat

skeletonIs your home starting to look a little grim? Does it make you cower in dread? Fear not, just make a deposit at our blood bank in the month of October and you will be entered to win a little hocus pocus to help with whatever is haunting you.  The Executives’ Association of Kern County (EAKC) 30/30 drawing for the month of October is a $500 shopping spree at Home Depot, thanks to Barrett Business Services, Inc., or BBSI. Each month throughout 2014, member businesses are offering a donor prize in honor of EAKC’s 30th Anniversary.

BBSI has served small and medium-sized businesses in the greater Bakersfield area since 2005, by providing payroll services, as well as human resources, workers compensation, safety and risk management consulting. They are a flexible solution for any business size, analyzing personnel policies and procedures, and can identify and help fill any gaps in compliance. Area Manager Jeff Jones would be happy to meet with any business to discuss human resource needs.

It’s not really scary to enter to win this great Home Depot gift card. Just donate blood, platelets, or plasma at either of our donor centers or most mobile drives anytime in October, and you will be automatically entered for a chance to win. As always “Ve Vant your blood”! To find out more about the EAKC prizes coming up this year 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 at school blood drives. This is an amazing commitment to recognizing our blood donors unmatched in the industry. Thank you Rusty’s Pizza!!