Thanksgiving Hours

Happy-ThanksgivingWe have special holiday hours on Wednesday, November 25 from 9 am to 3 pm at both locations, and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015. The need for blood, platelets and plasma does not take vacations, so we hope to see donors in before and after the holidays.  O- blood is in very short supply.

We are thankful for our donors and wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

O- Blood Supply Dangerously Low

O- Blood NeededWe are in constant need of O-negative blood, and try to maintain a stock of more than 100 units at all times to support our hospitals. O- is the one type of blood that absolutely always has to be on hand because it can go to anyone to save a life. As the universal blood type it is required for emergencies of all kinds and for fragile newborns who often need transfusions of O- blood.  If you are in the 7% of the population who have O- blood, you can help anyone, yet should you need blood, O- is what you need. Truly the life you save may be your own with an O- blood donation.

Having a well-stocked blood supply is crucial to keeping our trauma centers functioning, and O-negative blood at a bedside can mean the difference between life and death. We urge all eligible O- donors to come in to donate as only they can fill this critical public health need for our community.


Destination For Your Donation Is Back

bay-503139_1280The annual Destination for Your Donation Blood Drive is back and bigger than ever. Thanks to The Wonderful Company, one lucky donor will win a fabulous Hawaii Vacation Package: five nights and six days in our great vacation state.  All you have to do to enter is fill in an entry slip when you donate between November 16 and 27, 2015. This annual drive helps us kick off the holiday season, just in time to remind people that the need for blood, platelets and plasma will not decline as holiday festivities get underway.

526aec195df6e309c75ed8de9b09b22d_f747The Wonderful Company, formerly known as Paramount Farms, is the world’s largest grower and processor of almonds and pistachios. Working with their Grower Partners, they farm 125,000 sunny acres that deliver 450 million pounds of nuts. We are thrilled that this internationally recognized corporation has chosen to recognize the contributions of Kern County blood donors with this awesome prize drawing again this year.

Thanks a Gallon Recognition Event

Phlebotomist Beatrice congratulating donor, Yessica on her 3 gallon milestone!

Without blood donors, many patients simply would not be alive today. Some donors have made it their mission to help save lives repeatedly. Year after year, we have donors committed to doing their part to help patients in need, with an amazing dedication that never waivers.

As a special thank you to our dedicated donors reaching milestones on Friday, November 27, 2015, we will be hosting a special event in their honor. Join us at either donor center for our Thanks a Gallon social event. Donors will enjoy free delicious tacos from 11- 2 pm from Taco Fusion and a coupon for a buy one of their well known Fatboy Fries and get one half off! Taco Fusion is honored to have an opportunity to help thank our lifesaving donors. Taco Fusion owner, Jeanny Kamphan is enthusiastic about our partnership, “we believe what makes a living is what we get, however we make life by what we give. Setting your heart to do good will be filled with joy,” expressed Jeanny.  Plus, Curbside Kitchen is joining the fun by providing a voucher for free garlic fries! Also, take selfies in front of our fun photo booth from Ballooniverse by Jennifer . We will also have other goodies and fun as we celebrate that next gallon milestone!

Giving-Thanks-for-Giving“Thanksgiving is a time for thanks, so what better way to show how much we appreciate the giving spirit of our dedicated donors than by celebrating their milestones,” said Joy Invina, Community Development Account Manager. Each gallon milestone takes 8 pints, which takes at least 16 months. A small percentage of the population gives blood at all, and fewer still reach incredible milestones, so each gallon really is a great achievement worth shouting about!

If you are not sure where you stand on your next gallon achievement, call Peggy at 616-2540 for more information.  If you know you have a milestone coming up make an appointment to give during the Thanks a Gallon social event by calling Peggy or filling in a request here. We look forward to recognizing your efforts during this special day.



Featured November Donor of the Month


Michael’s ten gallon donor photo can be found on display at the Truxtun Donor Center.

In 1978, Michael Ardis donated blood for the first time with Houchin Community Blood Bank. His wife’s grandfather was going in for surgery and donating blood was the best way he could help. After his first donation Micheal learned he was O negative, the universal blood donor. From then on, his visits to Houchin became more frequent and Michael will be celebrating 17 gallons on his next donation.

Every time Michael comes in to donate, he credits the Vietnam Vets of America. Although Michael did not serve in Vietnam, he wants to honor those who lost their lives with every donation. Several of his friends in high school were drafted and his future step-brother lost his life serving our country. Michael witnessed first hand the losses of those around around him, and found that blood donation was the best way to serve his community. As a retired nurse, he understands the importance of having a safe and adequate blood supply. Michael’s time at Kern Medical Center, showed him how big of an impact a simple blood donation could make on a patient’s life.


Michael Ardis sporting his Houchin T-Shirt in front of Old Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives.

Michael enjoys motorcycles, traveling, and most importantly spending time with his six grandchildren. Learning from his example, Michael’s daughter is also an avid donor, who started donating at her high school. Michael has been a  proud supporter of Houchin Community Blood Bank from the start, and can be found wearing his Houchin t-shirt on his many travels. Michael wants new donors to understand: “You can help extend someone’s life by donating blood. It doesn’t cost you anything. Even if you aren’t a first responder, you can make a difference in your own way.”

Enter to Win $500 Holiday Cash

rumufypeThe holidays are almost here. Does your shopping list continue to grow? We are here to help with the November Executives’ Association of Kern County Drawing for $500 in Holiday Cash, sponsored by the The Blind Installer. Wouldn’t that be a great boost for the holidays? There are no forms to fill out as your donation of blood, platelets, or plasma given at any mobile drive or at either donor center serves as an automatic entry throughout the month. 

The Blind Installer JPGWard Miller is the owner of The Blind Installer, providing the latest in custom window coverings of all kinds here in Kern County. The Blind Installer is a proud supporter of Houchin Community Blood Bank. The blinds at the new Bolthouse Donor Center are Ward’s work, and he prides himself on knowing the product for each application. Although he does not do draperies, he would be happy to discuss the many alternatives available to help insulate your home and enhance its beauty. Ward can be reached at 661-829-2512 or 303-8044 to discuss any window covering needs.