Special Blood Drive

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Ashley Furniture HomeStore Day, August 30

Ashley Furniture HomeStore will be hosting a mobile blood drive on Saturday, August 30th at its Bakersfield location, 8915 Rosedale Highway, from 10 am- 2 pm. Donors there, or at either donor center all day, will receive a free Ashley Memory Foam pillow and 25% off coupon. Donors donating at the mobile blood drive will be entered into an hourly gift card drawing.

We thank businesses like Ashley Furniture HomeStore for their support of blood donation in our community. For more information on how your business can get involved contact the Community Development Department at communitydevelopment@hcbb.com or 661-616-2500.

Pint for a Pass Returns

PrintThe Kern County Fair will partner with Houchin Community Blood Bank on a third annual Pint for a Pass Blood Drive, from August 18 to September 14, 2014. Four thousand FREE adult admission passes to the Best in the West Kern County Fair will be distributed to blood donors at the donor centers and on mobile drives.  The passes were wildly successful with donors the last two years, increasing blood supplies at a time when inventories are traditionally low.  One lucky winner during the drive will win our grand prize give away of an adult pass four pack plus four wristbands to the fair. Call 661-616-2505 or click here for an appointment to donate during the drive.

SONY DSCThe 2014 fair runs from September 17 to 28, and as always, it will feature outstanding entertainment, fabulous food, thrilling rides, fascinating exhibits, and fun for the entire family.

“This partnership is a natural because of the rich history and deep roots of both organizations in Kern County”, said Greg Gallion, President and CEO of the blood bank. “Both of us are dedicated to serving the needs of Kern County citizens”, he added. According to Mike Olcott, CEO of the Kern County Fair: “It is great to partner with the blood bank to help them fill their need, and to give people in our community an opportunity to come to the Kern County Fair.  Working with the community is important to us.”

GregOur own President and CEO, Greg Gallion is being recognized as Fair Person of the Year.

“Everyone loves the great Kern County Fair, so we are thrilled to be able to offer our donors a free pass again this year. The passes really helped us motivate new and repeat donors the past two years at a time when back to school activities are pulling donors in other directions. We are sure this year’s Pint for a Pass Blood Drive will be just as successful”, says Carola Enriquez, Director of Community Development at Houchin.

August 2014 Donor of the Month

John BlacksillJohn Blacksill works the graveyard shift at Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream Co. but does not use that as an excuse for him not to come in and donate. “There are no excuses, if you really want to do something, then you will always find a way,” said John. He is especially excited that we have a new special program for AB donors.  ” I use to donate platelets and plasma through the TRIMA system however, it took me 2 and half hours to finish my donation. But with the new AB plasma only program, it only takes me 45 minutes,” said John. With the extra time he gained, John is able to spend more time with his family and to sleep.

John donated a gallon of whole blood before converting to TRIMA. He began donating in college because “it was for the betterment of my community. There is a daily need to make a lifesaving donation so that others who need it, can have a second chance,” said John.

photo 5When John found out he was a good candidate for plasma, he was enthusiastic to know his AB platelets and plasma are universally accepted by patients of all blood types. His is the type most often ordered by doctors for fragile newborns and other trauma situations. “Knowing that the population doesn’t necessarily need my blood donation that often, the new plasma program has given AB donors like myself, a new reason to give and help even more patients,” explained John. 

Besides donating, John enjoys creating stained glass windows, spending time with his family and watching football. He especially enjoys watching his son play football for San Jose State. John encourages others to donate, ” it’s a good way to be a service to others and it doesn’t take a long time.”

August Wine Country Escape

Croad WineHave you dreamed of enjoying the rolling hills of Italy? Although, we can’t get you there, one lucky August donor will win a romantic wine country getaway for two on the central coast in Paso Robles. The Inn at Croad Vineyards is a bed and breakfast experience “that’s exactly like being in Tuscany” according to Rick Montoya of BSW Roofing. That is why he and Ward Miller, The Blind Installer, are sponsoring two mid-week nights at the inn as part of this year’s EAKC 30/30 Drawing. Rick recommends the inn to enjoy the fabulous hospitality of owner Martin Croad, also of Bakersfield. Martin is originally from New Zealand so our winner can expect a special “Kiwi” influence to the hospitality.

Croad at NightSpectacular panoramic views of the vineyards go perfectly with a complimentary bottle of Croad Estate wine in your suite if you are our winner. You will enjoy the evening “wine-down hour” with complimentary cheese plate and glass of Estate wine with the other guests, and wake up to enjoy a wonderful continental breakfast before a personal tour of the winery with the owner and winemaker, Martin Croad. Wine tasting for two at the winery is also included.  What a great escape for one of our August donors!

BSWBSW Roofing and Solar has been in business over 70 years, starting out as Bakersfield Shingles Wholesaler in 1942. This locally owned family business has received the Angie’s List Super Service Award, and provides certified roofing and solar solutions for homes and business. Serving Central California and Kern County, BSW “looks forward to providing continued quality sales and service to our community.​​​​​ Our #1 priority is protecting your home and family with complete customer satisfaction”.

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 blinds at the new Bolthouse Donor Center are Ward’s work, and he prides himself on knowing just the product for each application. Ward can be reached at 661-829-2512 to discuss any window covering needs.



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.

Dedicated donors last year noticed that three donations could be made from May 1 to Septemeber 30, 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, and the second by August 5.  The final donation is due by September 30 to qualify for two chances on the computer in our random drawing.  The drawing will be made from those pledging below.

So pledge today using the form below: