Condors Sponsor Hamburger Day

national-hamburger-day-may-28National Hamburger Day is Saturday, May 28th, and thanks to the Bakersfield Condors each donor at the donor centers will receive a coupon for a free hamburger from 8 am to 2 pm! Donors have the choice of either a Carl’s Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger or a Jumbo Jack from Jack in the Box.  We need to ensure there are enough blood products on the shelves to get us through the Memorial Day Weekend since we will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Condors TicketsThat Saturday is also the last day of the Freedom Week Blood Drive, when donors can vote for their favorite branch of the armed forces while also entering to win a fabulous $2000 trip to anywhere sponsored by Setton Farms.   There is nothing more All-American than a hamburger on Memorial Day weekend, so be sure to get yours while supporting patients with a blood, platelet or plasma donation compliments of the Condors.

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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!

Celebrate Freedom Week

2016 Freedom Week - E-Blast - MayFrom Saturday, May 21st through Saturday, May 28th, 2016 donors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite branch of the Armed Services during Freedom Week, our annual week-long celebration of our military. One lucky donor will win the Freedom Week Flyaway, a $2,000 travel voucher to a destination of your choice! The trip is sponsored by Setton Farms, the local producer of “America’s Best Tasting Pistachios”.

Freedom week 2Donors can enjoy a free kick-off BBQ on Saturday, May 21st from 10 am to 2 pm, sponsored by the Bread of Life BBQ Ministry at the Truxtun Donor Center. We hope to see both regular and new volunteers in to donate throughout Freedom Week to celebrate the men and women who serve, or have served, our country in the military. What a great way to recognize a veteran as well as personally serve our community between Armed Forces day and Memorial Day each year!

Setton Farms - America's Favorite Pistachios - California PistachiosWe appreciate the ongoing support of Setton Farms for our Freedom Week Blood DriveSetton Farms learned long ago that producing the best pistachio nuts starts with the growing process. Their orchards follow the most strict cultivation standards and maintain one of the most sophisticated food safety programs. As a family owned and operated pistachio company since the mid 1980s, they attend to each detail of the pistachio growing process. Setton Farms’ continuous improvement and perfection of that growing process has made them the industry leader in the development of this important local crop. We appreciate their ongoing recognition of the valuable contributions of our local blood, platelet and plasma donors through the sponsorship of our annual Freedom Week by sponsoring this fabulous donor prize drawing.

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