Rusty’s Pizza Month is Back

Rusty's GirlRusty’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!

Rustys-LogoSince 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!


July Donor of the Month

10408149_10152876843014582_4605045091304227272_nLike most military men, Randy Greenlee donated his first pint of blood while serving in the 82nd Airborne Infantry. He never realized the kind of impact his blood donation had on patients in need until his father got sick. In 1985, Randy’s father was rushed to the hospital, because his kidneys were failing. For the next few months, Randy would go from Bakersfield to Santa Barbara everyday to watch his father go through over 300 units of red cells. Looking for a way to help, Randy turned to platelet donations. Randy gave his first platelet in a small room in Santa Barbra with both arms hooked up to a machine for a three hour procedure. This was just the beginning.

13533311_10153871118734582_315832057664970457_nThat same year, Randy was invited to work for Houchin Community Blood Bank as a part-time employee in the manufacturing and distribution department. He quickly became a full time employee and a dedicated donor.

Thirty years later, Randy continues to work for Houchin as the Facilities Manager with over 600 platelets and 6 gallons of blood donations under his belt. As one of the few employees who can recall the days before the Truxtun and Bolthouse Donor Center, Randy has adopted the Houchin mission statement and continues to live by it till this day. When asked what he looks forward to as a donor, Randy shares that he is looking forward to reaching higher milestones and being a part of one of the only independent blood banks in the nation that continues to stand on its own.

To encourage donors to give Trima, our automated donation system, a try, Randy says: It shouldn’t take a close family member in need to fuel your donation. People are in need of blood products all the time. Sitting in a comfortable chair for up to two hours is a cakewalk in comparison to what our local patients go through. Donating allows regular people who aren’t firefighters, police officers, or soldiers to be the hero and save someone’s life.”

In his free time, Randy enjoys spending time with his grandson and traveling. If you ever see Randy at a mobile drive or donor center, be sure to say hello. He would love to thank you for your donation.

COLD Cash For a HOT July

cold cashWith the summer heat hitting its peak, wouldn’t you love some help with that mounting energy bill? Or, maybe you’d prefer a weekend getaway to a cooler climate. One lucky July donor will win the Executives’ Association of Kern County Monthly Prize which is $500 in COLD CASH thanks to SC Communications, Inc. To enter simply roll up your sleeve and donate during July.

SC Communications, Inc. 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 SC-Communications-vectortelecommunications repair and service are just some of the services they can provide.

Asked why SC Communications, Inc. supports blood donation, General Manager Jamie Hastings, says ” ”Kern County is an amazingly giving community.  If we can help save just one life, we are more than happy to continue to sponsor such an important event every year.”  SC Communications, Inc. is also sponsoring the 5th Annual Two Tickets to Paradise Blood Drive this month.

Thank you SC Communications, Inc. for your long time support of blood donation in our community!

Calling Olympic Donors

IMG_9403Summer t-shirts are now available for donors at both donor centers and at mobile drives while supplies last.  We try to order enough for a full 8 week donation cycle. Because our donors are Olympic level contributors to our community, we are celebrating the Summer Olympics through our summer t-shirt in 2016.  The high quality shirt has that bright summer in Rio vibe, with a cool dated sleeve, and is sure to look great at the gym, on the beach, or just around town.  It will be truly fun to wear during the Olympics later this summer, so be sure to come in while your size is in stock.

IMG_8957We appreciate everyone who serves as a billboard for blood donation by wearing the free t-shirts we provide donors twice a year.  We recently found racks of our t-shirts at a thrift store for sale at a fraction of what they cost us to produce for you, so we urge donors not to take a shirt if they won’t be wearing it to assist our marketing efforts. The cost of t-shirts is by far the largest share of our nonprofit marketing budget. Thank you for helping us spread the word of the importance of blood donation, and as the back of the shirt says: let the donations begin!

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!

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!

IMG_20160517_160021704 (1)Our first winner of $100 cash was Pete Lupercio, 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                                                                Draw Date/Winner   Sponsor 

  • $100 Cash                                                  Pete Lupercio            Houchin Friend
  • $25 Bath and Body Works Gift Card     Susan Barr                 Houchin Friend
  • 2 Sequoia Sandwiches                            Rami Bahour             Houchin
  • $50 Visa Gift Card                                    May 31                        Kern Schools
  • S100 Cash                                                 June 7                         Houchin Friend
  • $100 Cash                                                  July 6                          Houchin Friend
  • $50 Visa Gift Card                                    July 23                         Kern Schools
  • $100 Cash                                                 September 8               Houchin Friend
  • Grand Prize Lap Top Computer             September 30             Houchin