Free Big Mac for Donors

Local McDonald’s stores have joined with us to celebrate National Hamburger Day on Thursday, May 28th from 11 am to 7 pm, by offering coupons for a signature Big Mac® to donors while supplies last. Donors can go to either of our Bakersfield donor centers to take part in the celebration.

Big Macs® were invented at a Pennsylvania McDonald’s in 1967 and cost 45 cents. The popular sandwich went national the next year for 49 cents in 1968.  You won’t even have to pay 1960s prices with your free coupon, so come on in to celebrate with a blood, platelet or plasma donation. Take a selfie and use this hash tag #‎nationalhamburgerday‬ for more fun.


Luncheon Ends Great School Year

LuncheonAt the end of each school year, Houchin Community Blood Bank hosts an elegant luncheon to recognize  high schools contributing the most blood.  This year the theme of the High School Appreciation Luncheon on May 15th was “Leading The Way”.

The schools in our High School Challenge are divided into four categories: Petite, Small, Medium and Large, based on their senior class size. The Petite school winner was Immanuel Christian High School which collected an average of 35 units with a class size of 8.  Small school winner was Frazier Mountain High School  with 121% of their class size participating, collecting a total of 61 units. The Medium school winner was North High School which collected 406 units or 122% of their class size. Our Large school winner was West High School  collecting 99% of their class size with a total of 508 units.

Extra Mile Award

The new Extra Mile Award for the school sending the most students to the donor centers was presented to Liberty by sponor Kern Schools Federal Credit Union.

This year a new award was unveiled at the luncheon sponsored by Kern Schools Federal Credit Union.  This “Extra Mile Award”. This was presented to Liberty High School, for bringing in 115 donors into our donor centers. Stockdale High School  was recognized for bringing in the most units during the crucial months of Summer. 94 donors came into either donor center crediting Stockdale High.   In all, high schools came together to hold 53 blood drives,and collecting 6,617 units of blood, which was an increase of 570 units over last school year.  These donations possibly saved as many 19,851 lives. High school blood drives represent over 20% of our total blood supply. More photos are available in our Facebook Photo Album.

The Leading the Way trophies lined up for presentation along with The Extra Mile Award.

Each participating school, received a “Leading the Way” award plus a signature Houchin Community Blood Bank license plate frame featuring the number of gallons of blood each school has collected in total during their years of participation. The Houchin Ambassadors in each school, who organize the drives to gain leadership experience and community service, were recognized for their hard work, as were the principals and advisors who make the program so successful.  Brian Serrano, a senior from Golden Valley High School was one of the speakers as was Gaby Rios, a junior from Arvin High School who also served as a Houchin high school ambassador. They both received a $250.00 scholarship, sponsored by Kern Schools Federal Credit Union.

2015 High School Luncheon

Stephanie Gibbons, Account Manager for the High School Program, served recognized all the sponsors and winners.

Other award presentations were made to community volunteers who assist with the high school mobiles and local businesses who support the high school program including:  Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, Yogurtland, McDonald’s, Rusty’s Pizza, Wall Street Imprintables,  Sonic Drive In and Tutti Frutti Yogurt @ Hageman.

It was announced that the Gallon Grad Club, welcomed in 145 students,who met this challenge by donating 8 times to reach the one gallon mark.  Each received their own one gallon license plate frame, a custom blood type key chain, and a letter of recognition from our President and CEO, Greg Gallion, at the time their achievement was reached.

Summer Pledge Drive

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?

June 5th Prize Drawing

  1. Stanley Black And Decker Tool Package
  2. Angels VIP Package: 4 Tickets Behind Home Plate to the July 21st Game and an Angels Swag Bag! Compliments of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

August 5th Prize Drawing

  1. Stanley Black And Decker Tool Package
  2. To Be Announced

September 30th Prize Drawing

  1. To Be Announced

May Featured Donor of the Month

photo 2 (15)Mothers play a significant role in their child’s life whether it may be providing unconditional love through their successes and failures and even support through their struggles. Gail Ramos practices this notion with her family, friends and co-workers. When someone is in need, Gail doesn’t hesitate to help other people and she is willing to go that extra mile for the people she cares about.

Gail was inspired by her mother, Geraldine Adams to donate blood, “my mom is a regular donor and she would always tell me it’s a simple way to make a positive impact in someone’s life,” explained Gail. In December 1996, Gail donated her first pint at the Kern County Superintendent of School’s mobile blood drive. Unexpectedly the following year, donating blood would have a different meaning to Gail. Gail’s best friend’s brother who was only in 8th grade at the time, was diagnose with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In a heartbeat, Gail wanted to help out in any way possible. Then, Gail found out she was an exact match to donate blood for him. “When my best friend’s mom told me she saw the doctor hang my unit for her son, that was a life changing moment for the both of us. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that I saved someone’s life. Because every time I see my best friend’s brother, it makes me realize donating blood was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life,” expressed Gail.

Gail is proud of her 7 gallon license plate!

You will find Gail at one of our east Bakersfield mobiles where she has donated 7 gallons of her O+ blood. When Gail donates she always tries to include her daughter and son so they can get in the habit of donating and understand the importance of community service. Even though Gail’s son is autistic, she is proud that her son hopes to donate one day because he understands the importance of being someone’s lifesaver.

Besides being an avid blood donor, Gail is a huge NASCAR fan and she enjoys gardening and spending time with her family. She encourages others to donate, “people should not wait for another tragedy before they donate, they need to act now because you never know who will need it in the moment.”


May Prize Opens New Door

April showers bring May flowers… and what better way to enjoy those flowers than through your new retractable screen door! The May Executives’ Association of Kern County (EAKC) Monthly Prize drawing is $500 towards a retractable screen door installed by Sorci Construction Services. There’s nothing like being able to leave your door wide open to enjoy the breeze. Retractable door screens disappear out of sight into an almost invisible housing, giving you fresh air without the bugs, without spoiling the look of your home. Don’t just take our word for it, check out a video of this great prize!

Sorci Construction Services is a full service design build General Contractor specializing in residential and commercial custom remodeling. With a focus on craftsmanship and design innovation, quality and top-notch performance are trade marks of any Sorci Construction Services project. Brian Sorci is  the President of Sorci Construction and has been at the forefront of building and construction trends for over 25 years. His staff has over 250 years of experience and is the absolute best in the business. The Sorci name is synonymous with quality custom cabinetry in Bakersfield, and the firm prides itself on being “Bakersfield’s Custom Remodeling Specialist”. Sorci Construction Services has been recognized numerous years as “Bakersfield’s Favorite Remodeling Contractor” in the Bakersfield Californian’s “Best of Bakersfield”.

Brian Sorci is a member not only of the EAKC, but of the Kern County Builders Exchange, Western Regional Master Builder’s Association, and Bakersfield East Rotary Club.  He would be happy to discuss any commercial or residential remodel of any size with you, or provide some fantastic Phantom retractable screen doors for your home or office! He can be reached at 661-324-8464.