July 2014 Donor of the Month

ElizabeIMG_3892th Slaydon was the first in her family to donate when she was 16 years old in Oklahoma. She has donated a gallon of whole blood.  She asked our staff if there was anything else that she could do besides whole blood because she felt like she wasn’t doing enough. That was when she learned about platelet donations. Having had a grandfather who battled cancer, she knew first hand the importance of the platelets. “It began with singles, doubles, now they have me doing triples!” She has now donated 63 platelets.

Elizabeth makes sure to tell everyone she knows about donating with Houchin. She made her mother so enthusiastic about donating that she convinced her employer to host a mobile blood drive.

She was excited to have her second child and to begin donating again. After she gave birth, she began to have internal bleeding and needed a blood transfusion. She used 2 units of blood. Because of her complications Elizabeth had to wait to donate, “I was devastated when I found out I had to wait another year to donate blood.”

Her 10 year old daughter was diagnosed with a heart problem last August while her son was diagnosed with a heart murmur a few months later. She continues to donate through it all. Elizabeth finds: “it’s therapeutic and I can relax while I helpIMG_8366
others.”

Elizabeth enjoys to read and spend time with her kids. Donating blood and platelets  “It’s
my purpose in my community, it replenishes itself, so why not donate?”

Chance for Paradise Returns

Catalina-Island-1It’s back! The popular Two Tickets to Paradise Blood Drive sponsored by SC Communications, Inc is back for a third year. Thanks to our sponsor, one lucky donor will be drawn to get a taste of “Island Time” with a vacation for two to Catalina Island, “California’s Only Island Destination Resort”. To enter, just fill in the drawing slip  for this fabulous escape when you donate between Monday, July 14 and Saturday, July 26, 2014.

SC-Communications-vectorSC Communications, Inc. strives to provide a sense of community with its business, and we are pleased they have chosen to support our community blood bank so we can offer this exciting donor prize and two social events. Two “Island Time Socials” from 4-7 pm are scheduled to celebrate the event, one on Monday, July 21 at the Bolthouse Donor Center, and one at the Truxtun Donor Center on Thursday, July 24.  Both will feature light appetizers with an island vibe.  Please plan to join us!

Catalina Island WelcomeBlood banks face a shortage of donors every summer because high schools are out of session and regular donors are traveling.  With about 20% of the donating public unavailable, we rely on many smaller mobile drives to keep blood supplies coming in.  We also make renewed efforts to encourage occasional donors to come in, and engage new donors to give blood donation a try. Fun events and donor drawings make that possible, so we thank SC Communications for their ongoing support of this mid-summer drive.

Escape to Avila Beach

avila beachIt really is Christmas in July for one lucky donor who will be drawn at random to win a weekend at Avila Beach compliments of Tracy Fritch, Mortgage Broker with Summit Financial Services. Tracy has compiled one of her own favorite escapes for this package to include one night at the Avila Lighthouse Suites, dinner at the Chart House, and gas money! The room will fit four people easily, so take the family or keep it a romantic get-a-way. Your choice if you win! Avila Beach is a hidden gem along the California coast with great beaches, food, fun and a famous pier. You can see what it’s like there right now via this webcam.

Tracy Frith PhotoTracy is a long time member of the Executives’ Association of Kern County which is sponsoring a monthly prize throughout 2014 to celebrate it’s 30th Anniversary. We call it the EAKC 30/30 drawing.  Tracy has been a local Mortgage Broker since 1995 and holds both a California Real Estate License and an NMLS license. She is a past member of the Active 20/30 Club, Women’s Council of Realtors, and was on the 2014 Committee for the Bakersfield Association of Realtors Wine Tasting and Auction. Tracy offers all types of Residential Financing including FHA, Conventional, VA and Construction Loans.  Her strong attention to detail provides for a stress free transaction. Tracy can be reached at tracy@gotosummitfinancial.com or 661-472-0932. 

To enter to win this great prize, all you have to do is donate blood, platelets or plasma during July. To find out more about the EAKC 30/30 monthly prize drawing during 2014 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 on school drives. This is an amazing commitment to recognizing our blood donors unmatched in the industry. Thank you Rusty’s Pizza!!

Give Twice this Summer!

2013 Twice is Nice1There is still time to pledge to take the Twice as Nice Pledge 2 Give this summer. Travel, outdoor activities, and other summertime distractions contribute to a nationwide decrease in blood donations this time of year. The goal of the Twice as Nice Campaign is to encourage people to Pledge 2 Give twice between May 1 and September 30 each year so we can keep our blood supply steady to meet patient needs throughout the season. Donors who keep their two donation pledge will be entered into a drawing to win a fabulous computer. To qualify, you must give once by August 5 then again by September 30. Last year donors noticed you could get three donations in during the time, so this year we are recognize those who are Thrice as Nice! Donors who give three times this summer, will have two chances to win the computer. The first donation had to be made between May 1 to June 10.

So pledge today using the form below: