May Donor Michaela Sims

Miss Bakersfield 2016 Brooke Oscarson, Joslynn Skelton with daughter Charlie, and Mrs. Bakersfield 2016 Michaela Sims participating in a February blood drive honoring Baby Charlie.

In late 2013, Michaela Sims found herself sitting next to Joslynn Jarrett-Skelton, who, like herself, was pregnant with a little girl. Joslynn’s excitment did not match her own, because she had recently learned that her unborn little girl had Hypo-plastic Left Heart Syndrome. When Joslynn shared her story with Michaela, It changed her world as a future mother and blood donor.

Michaela had always been encouraged by her mother, a 4 Gallon Donor, to donate, but her fear of needles prevented her from making the leap. With some encouragement, she finally rolled up her sleeve and donated in 2011 at the Bakersfield Police Department Blood Drive. After her first donation, Michaela learned that she was O negative, CMV negative, which meant she was the universal blood donor and her blood could also be given to newborn babies. This discovery changed the way Michaela viewed blood donation, especially after the birth of Charlie Skeleton and her own child, Cecilia Sims.

11707628_10155885833580220_860721853230752023_nMichaela closely follows Charlie’s journey and recently donated during the American Heart Association Hearts United Blood drive. When asked why she continues to donate, Michaela thinks back to Joslynn and her daughter, Charlie Skeleton. She hopes that her simple donation can make a difference in the lives of patients like Charlie. As the universal blood donor, Michaela makes an effort to donate every 8 weeks in order to ensure patients, like baby Charlie, will always have an adequate blood supply. To people who have not donated before, Michaela asks that they picture themselves in the shoes of patients in need of blood products or in the families of sick children, parents, and other loved ones. If a few minutes of your time, could save someone’s life, why not? When the time comes, Michaela hopes her own daughter will follow her lead and give blood donation a try.

In her spare time, Michaela enjoys scrapbooking, yarning, teaching fitness classes at In-Shape and Total Woman, volunteering, and spending time with her 2-year-old daughter. She is also the reigning Mrs. Bakersfield for 2016.

Gear Up For Summer with EAKC

30551PR_SS_120709SummerMoneyWith the last days of the school year upon us, summer vacation is on everyone’s mind. Let us help you prepare for your next beach trip. Just visit a donor center or mobile drive during May to automatically be entered to win the Executives’ Association of Kern County Monthly Drawing for $500 cash, sponsored by Mahalo Pool Care and Alcorn Aire, Inc!

Mahalo Pool Care is a professional and reliable pool service company. This family 6430mahalo_logoowned business is completely in tune with pool owner needs and concerns. Mahalo knows that besides the wish for a crystal clear pool, their customers want a healthy and enjoyable environment for their families. Owner Erik Straub is a trima donor who really appreciates each donor’s time in the chair.

AlcornAireLogosizedAlcorn Aire, Inc. is a family owned and operated company providing heating and air conditioning sales, service, and support for business and residential buildings. Alcorn’s primary goal  is to provide clients with a healthy indoor environment, comfort, safety and energy efficiency through their heating and air conditioning services. They stand behind the quality service of their skilled technicians, and they know their customers will be satisfied with their service. Alcorn is proud to support blood donation in our community.

Mahalo Pool Care  and Alcorn Aire, Inc have been strong supporters of Houchin Community Blood Bank and our community, and we thank them for making May’s EAKC Monthly Prize possible!

Local Battle of the Bay Heats Up

IMG_20160428_154411 (1)The Bakersfield Black Hole Raiders Club is organizing their 4th annual blood drive along with the Kern County Niner Empire, Bakersfield Raider Booster Club, and Thee Empire Faithful SF 49er Booster Club. We call it Kern County’s Battle of The Bay Blood Drive. These clubs are all coming together for a common goal: to save lives in their community! Support your favorite football team by donating blood, platelets or plasma, beginning Thursday, May 5 through Saturday, May 7, 2016. Donate during the drive and you’ll be entered to win a Char-Griller with two bags of Kingsford Charcoal! Or, you can socialize and save lives with other Raider and 49er fanatics at the kick-off social event on Thursday, May 5 at the Truxtun Donor Center, 5901 Truxtun Avenue, from 4-7 pm.

Battle BayPaul Ocampo, President of The Bakersfield Black Hole Raiders Club, wanted their club to organize this fourth annual blood drive to make a positive impact in the community. “The Black Hole Raiders Club members believe in spreading our message of positive fanaticism through solidarity as we promote team spirit, community outreach, and civic pride. We are proud supporters of our local Bakersfield community and feel honored to be able to donate blood, help save lives and encourage all others to do the same”, he said.

There will be a Tailgate Party at the Truxtun Donor Center on Saturday, May 7th from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm featuring delicious tailgate food for donors and fans. Live music is planned and donors will have one last chance to score the brand new Char-Griller! For more information about Kern County’s Battle of The Bay Blood Drive, or an appointment, call us at 661-616-2505. You can also make an appointment online.

Battle 2014

Kern County’s Battle of the Bay Tailgate Party in 2014

Summer Pledge Drive 2016

The third annual Summer Pledge Drive takes place from May 1 to September 30, 2016. Donors can enter to win exclusive prizes all summer long.  Cash and prizes of all kinds will be added throughout the drive.  Check back regularly for updates to the list below and to see who has won!

Sonic-logoSonic Drive-In is helping us kick off the Summer Pledge Drive by offering a coupon for a free Route 44 drink to everyone taking the pledge while supplies last!

If your business, club or organization would like to provide a prize for the Summer Pledge Drive, contact Community Development at 661-616-2500 or There is plenty of time to get involved!

The first drawing for $100 cash will be held on May 9th, so be sure to donate and pledge today.  Each donation visit counts as one entry for the Summer Pledge Drive drawings, so be sure to maximize your entries by coming in regularly during the summer when the need for blood, platelets and plasma does not take a vacation. A blood donor can donate three times during that period, and a platelet or plasma donor could get in many more entries. Pledge here or when you donate!

     Prize                                                                Drawing  Date          Sponsor

  • $100 Cash                                                  May 9                          Houchin Friend
  • $25 Bath and Body Works Gift Card      May 12                        Houchin Friend
  • 2 Sequoia Sandwiches                             May 17                        Houchin
  • $50 Visa Gift Card                                     May 28                        Kern Schools
  • $50 Visa Gift Card                                    July 23                         Kern Schools
  • Grand Prize Lap Top Computer             September 30             Houchin