2014 Winter Holiday Hours

HappyHolidaysDuring the 2014 winter holidays there will be some changes to hours as follows:

On Friday, December 19 we will have our annual staff Christmas Party to recognize the hard work of our staff all year.  We will close at 4 pm at both locations so our manufacturing staff members who process the blood products into the evening will be able to attend.

On Wednesday, December 24, we will have special Christmas Eve hours at both donor centers of 7 am to 1 pm. We will be closed on Christmas Day.

happy new yearOn Wednesday, December 31, we will have special New Year’s Eve hours at both donor centers of 7 am to 1 pm. We will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Trima appointments will be condensed as well on both Christmas and New Year’s Eves.

We hope donors will fit us into busy schedules on the days before and after each holiday so we can stay stocked.  The need for blood products never takes a holiday.  We appreciate your support and wish you a happy holiday season!


Gift Tribute at Bolthouse

Wondering what to get that difficult to buy for friend, loved one or family member this holiday season? Consider giving a lasting gift in our Path of Life at the entrance to the new Bolthouse Donor Center in the Seven Oaks Business Park.

Bricks can be inscribed in so many ways to recognize your own or another family, a special individual, or as a memorial. This is a truly meaningful holiday gift which can be enjoyed into the future. Brick sponsorships start at only $150 for one 4×8 inch brick. Brick configurations as large as 24×24 inches are available.

Veterans brickThe commemorative Path of Life is located at the entrance to Houchin Community Blood Bank’s stunning and award-winning new consolidated complex and blood drawing center. It is surrounded by beautiful landscaping and fountains, and enjoyed by each person entering the new Bolthouse Donor Center. What better place to commemorate special lives than this place where lifesaving blood products are collected, processed and distributed?

Larger gift opportunities are also available, such as tiles on our Friends of Houchin Wall and benches in our lovely gardens. To order a brick or tile, or to learn more about how your 100% tax-deductible gift can be permanently incorporated into our new facility, call Pam Hornbuckle at 661-332-5677.


KBAK Blood Drive Returns

MilesThe KBAK/KBFX Eyewitness News Winter Blood Drive is back better than ever with five days of $500 prizes as listed below. This drive is a huge hit with donors who like the idea of winning a nice prize while saving lives.

Monday, December 8

  • Bakersfield College, $500 Visa gift card

Tuesday, December 9

  • The Law Office of Young and Nichols, $500 to Latham and Sheets Jeweler

Wednesday, December 10

  • Dignity Health/Mercy & Memorial Hospitals, $500 Visa gift card

Thursday, December 11

  • Reliable Moving and Storage, $500 Visa gift card

Friday, December 12

  • Interim Health Care, $500 Visa gift card

KBAKWe truly appreciate the support of the television station and these fine sponsors who are committed to helping us insure a steady blood supply this holiday season. Good luck to all our donors this week and thanks to our terrific sponsors.  We hope you will support them for their community service.

16 Days of Giving is Back

shutterstock_117009517 - Christmas Shopping imageThe holidays are a really tough time to collect enough blood, platelets and plasma to support all the patients who need us, so we focus on this difficult set of 16 days with special prize drawings to be held on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

This year we have two $500 Visa gift cards you may want to use at the fantastic new Outlets at Tejon as our 16 Days of Giving prize thanks to two attorneys at Klein DeNatale Goldner Attorneys at Law. Our attorney partners are: 10 galloneer Jay L. Rosenlieb, Partner, Labor and Employment Law, and Larry L. Fields, Partner, Trust, Estate and Probate Litigation. The Outlets at Tejon is California’s new brand in outlet shopping, offering impressive savings of up to 65% at more than 70 designer and brand-name stores.

Klein LogoWe thank Attorneys Rosenlieb and Fields for their generous support of our community blood bank this holiday season.

These added reasons to donate over the holidays show our appreciation for those who turn out to give the gift of life – truly the greatest gift anyone can give.

Reasons for Giving T-shirts Are In!

Joy in Shirt The cheery winter t-shirt, which is free to donors, is now in stock! To take delivery of yours, just donate blood, platelets or plasma in December and January.  We try to order enough for a full 8 week donation cycle so all our regular donors can get one.  The shirt features reasons to give the gift of life in any season.

We hope you will like the bright colors and message, plus tell family and friends to come and get theirs as well. We appreciate all the donors who wear their signature Houchin shirts around town and the world. It’s great advertising for us, and a token of our true thanks for your community service. Send us your travel or about town photos wearing our shirts anytime and we’ll feature you on Facebook and the Where in the World? page on our website.

photo 1 (73)Try as we might, we seem to run out of the larger sizes.  To help with this, we will be noting the 3X, 4X and 5X shirts as they go out so we have better idea about the need for these sizes which do cost more.  We truly do want all our donors to get our semi-annual t-shirts so they can proudly wear them all year!

Win 7 Months of Bliss

Massage by KarenMassage by Karen has generously provided our December prize in the year-long EAKC 30/30 drawing.  The prize is a fabulous massage each month starting in January all the way to July! The drawing is part of the Executives’ Association of Kern County 30/30 Drawing, which has offered a new prize each month throughout 2014 to celebrate the organization’s 30th Anniversary.

Donors are automatically entered to win with their donation at either donor center or on mobile drives. There are no forms to fill out as each visit to donate blood, platelets, or plasma at any mobile drive or at either donor center serves as an automatic entry during the month. 

Man having massage in the spa salonKaren Keller is an experienced Certified Massage Therapist,  with a private and restful location in Studio Bliss, conveniently located right downtown on Oak Street at 19th.  Karen prides herself on her personalized attention to each client’s aches and pains and stress points.  She really gets results! The winner of this prize will have something to look forward to for seven months in Karen’s capable hands. Karen has been a proud member of the Executives’ Association of Kern County for some time and is proud to give back to the community through this donation supporting the volunteer blood donors of Kern County.

A Special Tribute to KRV Donors

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn October 16, 2014 we celebrated our wonderful Kern River Valley donors with an appreciation evening at The Lodge at Painted Rock in Lake Isabella.  We have an ongoing and very special relationship with our donors in the Kern River Valley, where we collect an average of 70 pints a month at the community drive. The Kern River Valley blood drives have grown substantially due to the tremendous support and giving spirit of the people who live there.
Christina Scrivner, Account Manager for Eastern Kern, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which featured remarks from Greg Gallion, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Amanda Mason, Chief Operations Officer. Donors were treated to a delicious meal catered by the Chatterbox Cafe.  More than 75 people were in attendance. We were able to show appreciation for all our donors, and give special thanks to our previous chair people Larry and Joann Luntz, as well as our current chairperson Kathy Agapiou. Kathy is also a blood recipient and shared her amazing story at the event.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe surprise honoree was Byron “Dean” McClellan, who has donated 24 gallons and was recognized with a certificate and flag flown over the United States Capitol from Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s office, as well as certificates from State Senator Jean Fuller and Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason. “The generous blood donors in the Kern River Valley continue to make such a meaningful impact to our county’s blood supply, we were very excited to host this event as a small token of our thanks and gratitude!” said Christina Scrivner.

November 2014 Donor of the Month

photo 1 (2)When you become a donor of any sort it means that you are thinking of someone other than yourself and Ronald “Tiger” Rossi lives by this statement on a daily basis. Tiger is a blood, marrow and philanthropic donor.

Tiger began donating when a couple of his close friends were in a terrible boating accident. His friends needed blood products so the doctor asked if friends and family members could donate for them. Without any hesitation, Tiger and his friends went to our old G Street location to donate blood. “I always wanted to donate but, this incident gave me a reason to start and to keep donating,” explained Tiger.

Now, Tiger has donated 18 gallons, “as long as I am healthy, I will continue to give and hopefully I will pass the great donors, George Kimm and Emery Barnes,” said Tiger. Tiger has had many memorable moments at the blood bank. Tiger was the first donor at our first mobile at Liberty High School and also at Frontier High School. Tiger is a supportive parent and he wanted to show his children how easy it was to make a difference in someone’s life.

Golden Empire Concrete

Tiger worked for Golden Empire Concrete and this was his truck that he use to drive around town. He wanted to help promote blood donation where ever he went.

A few years ago, Tiger registered to become a bone marrow donor because he was inspired by Mikella McAuley’s story, “her grandfather was my UPS deliveryman and he was raising awareness and I wanted to help give another tomorrow for patient’s like Mikella.” Fast forward to 2013, Tiger became a bone morrow donor on Father’s Day. He helped gave a 67 year old another chance at life. “It is always a great feeling when you receive thank you letters from recipients. This proves to me that wow, I am a superhero and I do save lives,” Tiger said.

Besides being a super donor, Tiger enjoys spending time with his family and he is heavily involved with the CSU Bakersfield’s Athletic Department. Tiger encourages others to donate,” I am an every 8 week blood donor and when I can’t donate, especially knowing that a child needs help, it makes me upset. That’s why I hope that someone can take my place or cover for people that can’t donate, to give the gift of life.”

Free Dessert in November

Bull Shed FoodDonors will receive a coupon for a free dessert with entree purchase during the entire month of November at The Bull Shed Bar and Grill.  Established in Bakersfield in 2010, the business is located in The Hotel Rosedale at 2400 Camino Del Rio Ct. It  is the “home of great times”, and dedicated to the country atmosphere/lifestyle. From country line dance lessons to karaoke, monthly events, daily specials and a fun happy hour, there is something for everyone to enjoy at The Bull Shed Bar and Grill.

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Angel Gonzalez, Co-Owner of the Bull Shed Bar & Grill and Ada Denton, Public Relation Specialist of the Bull Shed Bar & Grill.

Angel Gonzalez, Co-owner of The Bull Shed Bar and Grill is enthusiastic about this new partnership, ” I always want to give back to the community in any way possible, and Houchin Community Blood Bank’s services are vital to the health of local families. So we welcome this great opportunity to partner with them,” explained Angel. Ada Denton, Public Relations Specialist for the Bull Shed Bar and Grill is grateful for the partnership because she is thankful for the lifesaving resources that the blood bank has provided to her family. “I donate with my family, because my grandma had multiple accidents that made her need platelets and blood and so without blood donors, my grandma wouldn’t have had a second chance,” said Ada.

We hope November donors will enjoy their free dessert when trying out this local restaurant and night spot, which is family friendly until 10 pm.


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!