April 2015 Donor of the Month

photo 2 (14)Just a month after Reagan Wanner turned 16, she was in line to donate blood at North High School. Reagan was inspired by her father, David to donate because, “I watched my dad be someone else’s Superhero, which made me want to follow in his footsteps,” said Reagan. It took Reagan only 13 months to hit her gallon milestone and so far she is the youngest donor to reach her gallon this year, as well as our first new member of the Gallon Grad Club.

Reagan’s first donation experience might have stopped others from donating again, “my veins weren’t as plumped and the phlebotomist was having a hard time finding my veins and so, my first donation was unsuccessful and my arm was even bruised for a couple of weeks,” explained Reagan. But, this incident did not stop her from donating, “my first try was just a small hiccup;  just thinking about other people who are sick in the hospital who have it worse, made me want to donate as soon as possible.” Reagan’s second attempt was a complete success!  On January 15, 2015 Reagan achieved her first gallon! “I am inspired to continue my mission of saving lives because of my dad, the 10 gallon achievement wall, and of course the people that need blood products,” Reagan added.

Besides being a dedicated donor and a busy high school student, Reagan enjoys being part of the Youth Group at Parkside Church, volunteering at the League of Dreams and she takes extra classes at CSUB. Reagan encourages others to donate, ” if you have a fear of needles, well, it isn’t as bad as it seems and it only takes about 35 minutes of your time to save at least 3 lives!”

 

 

2015 EAKC Monthly Donor Drawings

Updated EAKC Drawing logoFor a second straight year, the Executives’ Association of Kern County is sponsoring a Monthly Donor Prize valued at $500 or more.  All donors are automatically entered to win! there are no slips to fill out, your entry form is your blood, platelet or plasma donation. Each visit to the blood bank serves as an entry that month, so whole blood donors could be entered to win 6 times, and platelet/plasma donors as many as 24 times throughout the year if they maximize their donations completely.

The EAKC was founded in 1984, and has 75 local business members, meeting weekly to network.  EAKC’s motto is “Expect the Best” and the organization prides itself on being Bakersfield’s “oldest and most trusted business network group”. Only one business can join per category, so it is an exclusive group of business leaders. Houchin Community Blood Bank has been a member since 2002. A downloadable list of EAKC’s member businesses is available here.  We hope you will consider these fine people who support blood donation in our community when you need services and supplies.

Here are the exciting prize packages for 2015:

EAKC 2015

 

Join us for Our Annual Spring Fling

Spring fling cropSpring Break may be great for everyone to enjoy a week off from school or work, it is hard on blood banks nationwide. Between travel and family activities, we know it is hard to find time to donate blood, platelets and plasma. But we hope you will try!

To remind donors that Spring Break is actually a great week to find an hour to save lives, we host a Spring Fling Blood Drive each year. Universal Studios 50thThis year’s dates are March 23 to April 4, 2015. Each day during the drive, 4 lucky donors will win a free Kern Value Card (KVC) membership, and all donors during the drive will be entered to win two 3 day admission passes to Universal Studios Hollywood and a gas card to get there. Universal Studios Hollywood is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year with new rides and attractions.

Kern Value Card LogoKVC members receive special admission pricing to many attractions besides Universal Studios, such as Six Flags (r) Magic Mountain, Disneyland (R) Resort , Legoland (r) California Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm. KVC members also receive hundreds and hundreds of discounts on dining, shopping and retail, services and entertainment. Click here for a full list of participating merchants.

The need for blood never takes a vacation, so we hope to see you over Spring Break!

 

EAKC Pot o’ Gold for March

$500 Pot of Gold CroppedThanks to Continental Labor & Staffing Resources we really do have a pot o’ gold for one lucky March donor. The Executives’ Association of Kern County (EAKC) prize for the month is $500 in cold hard cash! Easy to spend, easy to win.  All you need to do is donate on a mobile drive or at either donor center during the month.

Continental Labor and Staffing Resources is proud to be the chosen employment service provider in the EAKC. A  leader in staffing and safety since 1993,  Continental specializes in traditional staffing solutions including temporary help, temp-to-hire positions, and direct hire recruitment. With branches in Ridgecrest, Paso Robles, Visalia and Bakersfield, Continental is proud to serve employers in a wide variety of industries by linking them with the employees they need, on a temporary or permanent basis.

continental laborContinental’s motto is “Helping Your Company Grow One Person at a Time”, with a focus on meeting the employment needs in these areas: Heavy Industrial, Construction, Clerical, Manufacturing & Distribution, Light Industrial, and Automotive Industry. Job safety is a primary concern, so at Continental, extra care is given to ensuring that each person being placed understands that “if you BELIEVE in Safety, you will act SAFELY”. Continental’s vision is “To be recognized as the leader in staffing in the communities in which we serve and to achieve excellence in human resource solutions”.

Businesses in the Executive’s Association of Kern County provides a donor prize each month to encourage volunteers to donate blood, platelet and plasma to serve the transfusion needs of local patients.

Send a Friend, You Both Get a Large!

Rusty's GirlOur great friends at Rusty’s Pizza Parlor have heard our calls for additional donors at both donor centers and decided to do something about it for a second year. Throughout March 2015, donors, and friends of Houchin who can’t donate, can send in or bring in a new donor, and both will receive a coupon for a delicious FREE two item large pizza! All you have to do to take part is pick up as many “Send a Friend” forms as you need at either donor center, or download the form here. 

Just fill in the top part for yourself, and have your new donor fill in the bottom and turn it in when they donate. Each of you will receive your free pizza coupons in the mail directly from Rusty’s. The coupons are good through May 31, 2015 at any of Rusty’s nine convenient locations.

Rusty's LogoThis is a fabulous opportunity to earn a free large pizza for yourself, while you help us find more new donors. And that’s not all! You can recommend more than one new donor to us for additional free pizza coupons!  This fantastic opportunity is only available during March, so start planning who you can ask to become a new donor today!

People often report they have never donated blood because they weren’t asked.  Here is a great chance to change that by asking people to become donors this month.
Free Pizza SlipSince its beginning in 1969 in the Santa Barbara area, Rusty’s Pizza has been involved in the community with a strong emphasis on children through school programs, youth organizations and a number of community engagement projects.

We just cannot thank Rusty’s Pizza of Bakersfield enough for their ongoing support of our mission to provide a safe and adequate blood supply for Kern County.  Regular donors are familiar with the free individual pizza coupons offered quarterly each year and on all high school drives. Now, through this generous “Send a Friend” offer, Rusty’s is helping us reach new donors through a network of friends like you, so send in your new donors today!