Featured July Donor of the Month

photo (69)Humble, philanthropic and kind-hearted are a few words that sum up dedicated donor Duane Spickler. Duane has achieved 16 gallons and is also our blood drive chairperson for First United Methodist Church. Growing up, Duane always wanted to make a difference in someone’s life and every 8 weeks he gets to fulfill this mission.

Duane began donating in 1992 while in the Sheriff’s Academy because his trainer encouraged the students to find out their blood type, “I always wanted to donate but I had a fear of needles, but since I was in the process of becoming a Sheriff I thought it would be another great way to serve the community,” said Duane. He continues to donate because it makes him feel good knowing that he is keeping hope alive for someone. But Duane always wanted to do more, so when one of the members of the church he attends fell ill and needed blood, Duane decided to host a blood drive. “I always wondered why I couldn’t have done this years ago, because my stepdad, who was a long time donor, was the chairperson for Stockdale Moose Lodge and he inspired me to dedicate myself to this cause,” explained Duane.

It’s not an easy task to be a chairperson for a blood drive, but Duane works hard to make sure his blood drives run smoothly. Even juggling his full time job as a sheriff, other volunteer work, and his family, Duane manages to find time to organize a successful blood drive at First United Methodist Church. “You just have to prioritize and organize your life and anything is possible,” Duane explains. Duane is passionate and driven to meet his blood drive goal. If he falls short, he figures out a way to improve his next blood drive.

Besides being a dedicated donor and chairperson, Duane enjoys hunting, traveling and spending time with his family. Duane encourages others to donate, “the tagline, people live when people give truly exemplifies the importance of donating blood. Don’t wait until someone you know needs it, there will always be a need.”

July Is Rusty’s Pizza Month!

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!


9th Community Wide Blood Drive

Photo0029FourBySixThe 9th Annual Community Wide Blood Drive takes place from Monday, July 27 to Sunday, August 9, 2015 to make sure there is enough blood for our patients during the last month of summer vacation. Special thanks to our presenting sponsors San Joaquin Community Hospital and Kaiser Permanente, donors at the blood bank and on all mobiles will be entered to win a Grand Prize Disney Vacation, as well as a $100 COOL Cash daily giveaway during the drive!

SJCH & KP stack tagAccording to Jimmy Phillips, Executive Director Marketing/Communications, San Joaquin Community Hospital: “There is nothing more essential to life than the blood that flows through each of our bodies. The donors who generously give of themselves so that others may live is one of the most generous and selfless gifts possible. San Joaquin Community Hospital is proud to support Houchin Blood Bank on the annual Community Wide Blood Drive and we encourage everyone to get involved.”

“As a healthcare provider, Kaiser Permanente recognizes the importance of having an adequate blood supply in our community.  We are excited to sponsor the Community Wide Blood Drive and would like to thank all the donors who unselfishly give and encourage others to donate to help those that might need a gift of life,” says Eva Ramirez, Senior Communications Specialist, Kaiser Permanente.

For more information or to make an appointment click here or call 661-616-2505. A toll-free number is also available: 877-364-5844. 

Joy Invina, Houchin’s Community Account Manger with Kiyoshi Tomono, Anchor of 17 News at Sunrise .

The Community wide Blood Drive will kick off Monday, July 27 with a 12 hour mobile drive sponsored by KGET 17 from 5 am to 6 pm at its new “Compassion Corner” location at 20th and L Street, just south of the KGET Studios. The ongoing commitment of the television station to the event received the national Media Partner of the Year Award in 2014 from America’s Blood Centers. This annual kick-off brings in more than 200 donations in one day.

COLD Cash is HOT in July

Cold CashWith the summer in full swing and the heat reaching new highs, the July Executives’ Association of Kern County monthly drawing is $500 COLD CASH! A few extra bucks in this heat can go a long way towards a trip to the beach, buying a new fan, or paying that high electrical bill from having the AC running!

scSC Communications, Inc. is sponsoring this cash prize, and 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 telecommunications repair and service are just some of the services they can provide.

Asked why SC Communications, Inc. supports blood donation, Skip Chandler, President/ CEO says: ” We figure that Kern County has been good to us and what better way to give back. Besides, look at all the people this helps, you really get to touch a lot of people in a positive way, you’re not giving to one person but many.”

To enter to win this great summer prize, all you have to do is donate blood, platelets, or plasma during July!

Donors are Summer Lifeguards

FB LifeguardOur summer t-shirt theme this year is life guarding.  That’s exactly what our donors do each time they come in to donate blood, plasma or platelets. Our donors are truly “on duty” this summer to insure there are enough of these products for every patient need. We ask both new and repeat donors to “keep hope afloat” this summer by making sure to donate two or more times.  The free t-shirt is available in June and July, while supplies last.

Karlee shows off the t-shirt filled drawers at the Bolthouse Donor Center

Karlee shows off the t-shirt filled drawers at the Bolthouse Donor Center

Once you have your shirt, wear it proudly around town to encourage others to give. We hope to be getting some selfies featuring our fabulous donors in their shirts from all over the world and here at home. Just post them on our Facebook page or e-mail them to info@hcbb.com and we will be sure to share them. Can we get some at the swimming pool, lake, or ocean to go with our theme?  Thanks for being a donor, and enjoy your shirt with our compliments.

Summer Pledge Drive

The annual “Twice as Nice Pledge 2 Give” has a new name and face! This year we are introducing the Summer Pledge Drive. To simplify the pledge and prize drawings, donors will get one entry for each donation between May 1 and September 30, 2015.  A blood donor can donate three times during that period, and a platelet or plasma donor could get in many more entries.  All you need to get started is to pledge online here.

Instead of just one prize at the end of the drive, there will be numerous prize drawings. We will track donations for all those who have pledged and conduct prize drawings on June 5th, August 5th, and September 30th. How many entries will you have for these fine prizes?

June 5th Prize Drawings

  1. Stanley Black And Decker: Tool Package
  2. Angels VIP Package: 4 Tickets Behind Home Plate to the July 21st Game and an Angels Swag Bag! Compliments of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

August 5th Prize Drawings

  1. Stanley Black And Decker: Tool Package
  2. Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino Gambler’s Get-a-way: One night stay, dinner and spending cash.

September 30th Prize Drawings

  1. River Escape to Harrah’s Laughlin Casino and Hotel – three day/two night stay plus spending cash.  Enjoy the Colorado River beach, pools, and entertainment. The hotel features a Guy Fieri restaurant, an upscale steak house, and beach buffet.
  2. Lenovo 15.6″ Laptop G50, HDD AMD Radeon R5 Series, with 4GB Memory, 500GB,  and Windows 8.1

Harrahs Laughlin