Twice as Nice Success

Twice as Nice WinnerThe second annual Twice as Nice Pledge to Give was an outstanding success this year! People who donated three times between May 1 and September 30 had two chances at the prize, while those giving twice got one chance.  In all, 317 people donated three times and 415 people donated two times to qualify for our prize.  Another 252 people signed up for the pledge but did not give at least twice. Our prize winner was Gail Ramos, who donated three times to earn two chances to win the Touchscreen HP Laptop.

Community Development Director, Carola Enriquez, and President and CEO, Greg Gallion, presented the laptop to Gail. She is working toward her eighth gallon, and began donating because her parents were long-time donors. Gail continues to donate because she understands the value of coming in every 8 weeks to donate, ” my best friend’s brother had Leukemia and I had the same blood type as him, so I was able to make a lifesaving contribution which gave him a second chance at life” said Gail. Gail is thrilled that she won because she was getting ready to retire her laptop. We appreciate Gail’s steadfast support of the local blood supply particularly during the summer months!

National Sandwich Day Drive

Jerseu MikesWe are celebrating National Sandwich Day on Monday, November 3 with Jersey Mike’s Subs. With three locations in Bakersfield convenient to our donor centers, we are very pleased to be able to offer 100 donors a coupon for a free regular sub that day. What a great way to treat yourself to lunch or dinner after saving lives!

Jersey Mike’s Subs has been in business since 1956, and prides itself on “providing customers with the freshest, highest quality sub sandwiches available, prepared right in front of you and served with energy and enthusiasm. Our culture of giving and making a difference in the lives of our customers creates an important bond in the communities we serve” according to founder Peter Cancro on the company’s website.

We appreciate the spirit of giving we have experienced with our local Jersey Mike’s stores and look forward to celebrating National Sandwich Day with our volunteer donors thanks to them. It will also be double points day at Jersey Mike’s to celebrate the day in case you need to buy extras for the family.

Disney on Ice Drawing

Ariel-and-FriendsFrom October 30 to November 1, donors can enter to win four tickets to the fabulous Disney on Ice “Worlds of Fantasy” show at the Rabobank Arena thanks to the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center. The vouchers are good for any of the shows from November 6-9, 2014. This magical Disney fantasy on ice features the four worlds of Cars, The Little Mermaid, Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies, and Toy Story. Disney moments will come to life with dazzling skating and special effects featuring beloved characters from those well loved stories.

We appreciate the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center for recognize the good works of our donors with this drawing prize.



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!”


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!!