Kern County BOO-seum Ticket Drawings For Donors

Two fabulous October traditions take place at the Kern County Museum, and both have provided us with daily ticket drawings for blood donors. What great treats, and the only trick is to donate during the offer periods as detailed below! Every donor gets a free individual Rusty’s Pizza coupon too.

Talladega FrightsDonors between October 13-17 can enter to win a daily drawing for two tickets to Talladega Frights, the ever-evolving scarefest which has grown year after year into a don’t miss attraction.  This is truly the Central Valley’s biggest and best haunted attraction. This year’s features are: Hillbilly Hell, Detention – Green River High School, and Wicked Dark.  There is also a DJ Dance Party on Friday and Saturday nights. There will also be a grand prize of two tickets including fast passes and 2 t-shirts, PLUS some gift cards to round out a complete evening of food, fun and spooky entertainment.

safe+halloweenFrom October 20-29, donors can enter to win a daily family 4 pack of tickets to Safe Halloween, a less scary event geared to families with children 3-12.  There will be more than 40 trick or treat stations, costume contests, and activities throughout the museum’s historic settings.  Businesses, clubs and organizations all band together to create this safe alternative for families that has become a community tradition for generations. We will draw one lucky winner of a grand prize package for 4, which includes not only tickets but everything else needed to round out the Safe Halloween evening of choice, either October 30 or 31. For more information contact us at or 661-616-2505.

October 2014 Donor of the Month


Amanda and Ashley with their kids along with their mom Gloria Saffell.

Gloria, Ashley and Amanda Saffell started giving blood just a few short years ago, but between the three of them, they will have given 5 gallons before this year is up!  It all started when the youngest Ashley donated at her High School in Kern River Valley.  From then on, Ashley was a dedicated blood donor. One day, Ashley showed up at the community drive in Kern River Valley to donate, and brought her mom, Gloria.  After they went to their local Burger King to redeem the free Whopper coupon from the Houchin blood drive, they called up Amanda.  They all laughed as they recalled that conversation, “Free Whopper! I’m so there!”, said Amanda.

So naturally a competition emerged!  Currently, Gloria is in the lead, assisted by the fact that both girls have had a baby since they began donating (donors are not eligible while pregnant, or until released by their doctor).  Both Ashley and Amanda returned after their babies were born, and have donated more than a gallon, while Gloria’s next donation will make 2 gallons for her.

They all agreed that their motivation for donating is the friends and family that have needed blood products because of car accidents, and Gloria’s husband who suffers from a brain tumor. They calculated that between the three of them, they are responsible for bringing at least 10 new donors to the Kern River Valley Blood Drives!  Amanda summed it up well, “it’s a very valid charity that doesn’t cost anything, but is a great way to give back!”


Celebrate Sweetest Day!

Lindsey, Mai and Justine the bakers of De Coeur Bake Shop

Lindsey, Mai and Justine the bakers of De Coeur Bake Shop

Donating blood is a simple gift that enriches the life of the recipient as well as the person giving it and give the gift that keeps on giving on the Sweetest Day! Sweetest Day is always observed on the third Saturday in October. This year it falls on Saturday, October 18 and we are partnering with De Coeur Bake Shop to celebrate with some sweet treats!

De Coeur Bake Shop is a local bakery owned by Mai Giffard. In French, “De Coeur” means “from the heart/of the heart” so having this partnership is natural. Mai is excited about the partnership, “I am excited to partner with our local blood bank because I admire how much of a positive impact Houchin Community Blood Bank has on the community as well as their engagement with their donors.” De Coeur Bake Shop will be providing delicious scones from 8 am – 10 am and mini macarons from 10 am – 2 pm or while supplies last on Saturday, October 18th at both donor centers. Donors will also receive a special coupon from De Coeur Bake Shop.

De CoeurDe Coeur Bake Shop is committed to using the best, seasonal, sustainable, quality and locally sourced ingredients to create superb artisan breads, pastries and confections.
They believe the best tasting and looking products are labors of love, which is why they choose to support local farmers, purveyors and other businesses. “De Coeur Bake Shop believes everything you do should truly come from the heart and this sentiment is what blood donors share with them,” expressed Joy Invina, Community Development Coordinator. De Coeur Bake Shop also believes in fostering great relationships with their customers, contributing to a growing community and giving back.

No Trick for October Treat

skeletonIs your home starting to look a little grim? Does it make you cower in dread? Fear not, just make a deposit at our blood bank in the month of October and you will be entered to win a little hocus pocus to help with whatever is haunting you.  The Executives’ Association of Kern County (EAKC) 30/30 drawing for the month of October is a $500 shopping spree at Home Depot, thanks to Barrett Business Services, Inc., or BBSI. Each month throughout 2014, member businesses are offering a donor prize in honor of EAKC’s 30th Anniversary.

BBSI has served small and medium-sized businesses in the greater Bakersfield area since 2005, by providing payroll services, as well as human resources, workers compensation, safety and risk management consulting. They are a flexible solution for any business size, analyzing personnel policies and procedures, and can identify and help fill any gaps in compliance. Area Manager Jeff Jones would be happy to meet with any business to discuss human resource needs.

It’s not really scary to enter to win this great Home Depot gift card. Just donate blood, platelets, or plasma at either of our donor centers or most mobile drives anytime in October, and you will be automatically entered for a chance to win. As always “Ve Vant your blood”! To find out more about the EAKC prizes coming up this year 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 at school blood drives. This is an amazing commitment to recognizing our blood donors unmatched in the industry. Thank you Rusty’s Pizza!!