Back-2-School Cash

Summer vacation is winding down and the kids are headed back to school. With the back toschool-supplies-488381_1920 school list growing, wouldn’t it be nice to have some extra cash in your pocket? The August  Executives’ Association of Kern County monthly drawing is $500 Back-2-School Cash! You can buy a new backpack, some stylish new clothes, or spend it on yourself to enjoy a relaxing day without the kids. Be sure to donate during the month of August to enter to win this great prize.

KCClogo484stackedKern Computer Corporation has been in business for 33 years, catering to the computer needs of a select clientele. services include computer hardware consultation and support. networking and repair. Kern Computer Corporation has been a proud member of the Executives’ Association of Kern County for decades and is proud to give back to the community through this donation supporting the volunteer blood donors of Kern County.

Take a Bite Out of Shark Week

sharksSharks are out for blood and so are we, from July 6 to 11, 2015 during the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week. During Shark Week, donors can enter to win a trip to Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific featuring Shark Lagoon and a night on the Queen Mary. Donors will also receive an awesome free “Lifeguard” themed t-shirt.

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California is dedicated to instilling wonder, respect, and preservation for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants and ecosystems. It is home to 11,000 animals in over 50 exhibits. Shark Lagoon is a 10,000 square foot exhibit featuring more than 150 sharks, some you can touch, and some you can’t!

RMS_Queen_Mary_2_in_Trondheim_2007The Queen Mary is rich with history dating back into the Great Depression. She exemplifies elegance and luxury. Since taking her maiden voyage on May 27, 1936, the Queen Mary set a new benchmark in transatlantic travel. During WWII, the Queen Mary made the transition from elegant cruise ship to the largest and fastest troopship. Following the war, she returned to her former glory, but with the increase in popularity of air travel, the Queen Mary made her final transition to what we know her as today: a floating hotel, attraction and event/wedding venue, home to three world class restaurants,  and an icon in Southern California.

So dive in to one of our donor centers or mobile blood drives from July 6 to the 11 to enter to win this unforgettable Long Beach getaway. Walk-ins are welcome, but an appointment is much appreciated, so please click here to request one today.

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.

4th Annual Two Tickets To Paradise

The prize drawing everyone loves is back! The Two Tickets to Paradise Blood Drive returns for a fourth year, thanks to our sponsor, SC Communications, Inc. Donors that visit one of our donor centers or mobile drives between Monday, July 13 to Saturday, July 25, can enter to win a taste of “Island Time” with a vacation for two to Catalina Island, “California’s Only Island Destination Resort”. Trip funds are deposited to a local travel agent, so a different get-a-way can be chosen by the lucky winner.

An “Island Time Social” is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 16th at the Bolthouse Donor Center from 5-7 pm. This social will feature delicious light appetizers and an island vibe. Members of the Executives’ Association of Kern County (EAKC) have been invited to participate in the social. EAKC member businesses have been providing a  monthly prize for our donors since January 2014. Please plan to attend and say thanks!

scSC Communications, Inc. has been the forerunner of quality wireless solutions for businesses, families and special events around Kern County since 1993, providing business telephone systems and repair, quality communications, excellent service, and a sense of community. Friendly service and support are the company’s hallmark, making it the number one source for communications systems for the southern San Joaquin Valley.

happy-summer-vacationEvery summer with high schools out and regular donors on vacation, traveling, or engaged with other summer activities, blood banks nationwide are faced with a shortage of donors. During this period, we rely heavily on smaller mobile drives and walk-ins to our donor centers to keep our blood supply from dropping too low. Fun events and donor drawings encourage new and seasoned donors to make time to donate, so we thank SC Communications for their ongoing support of this mid-summer drive.

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!

Free Pizookie for Donors

BJs-Restaurant-LogoGet your Pizookie® on Saturday, June 27! BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse will be hosting a mobile drive at its Bakersfield location,10750 Stockdale Highway, from noon to 4:00 pm. At the mobile drive, or at either donor center from 8 am to 2 pm, donors will score our free summer t-shirt and a coupon for BJ’s Famous Pizookie® dessert. These coupons are always a real favorite with our donors who know a good thing when they eat it, and believe the opportunity to save lives is all the sweeter with such a special treat!

choc chunk pizookieBJ’s Famous Pizookie® comes in Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, as well as Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter S’mores, Cookies ‘n’ Cream, and Triple Chocolate. There is also a gluten-free Chocolate Chip Pizookie®. These are definitely worth saving room for as each is served warm from the oven and topped with premium ice cream.  Yum!  Don’t miss out on a chance to save lives on BJ’s day at Houchin.

Three-Way Chevrolet-Cadillac Summer Blood Drive

Three WayThree-Way Chevrolet-Cadillac will host The Three-Way Chevrolet-Cadillac Summer Blood Drive to help “drive up blood donations” this summer! The blood drive is open to the public and will be held on Friday, June 26, at 4501 Wible Road in Bakersfield, from 9 am to 3 pm in the Three-way Cadillac showroom at the Bakersfield Auto Mall. We hope to attract 100 donors to this mobile drive.

Quigs Ad Logo MJS 052615 (1) Donors will enjoy a free hot dog and hamburger barbecue from Quig’s BBQ and Catering. Each donor that day will receive one of our summer t-shirts and a Supplier Pricing Certificate to use on qualifying new vehicles!

Three-Way’s mission is to be the premier retail automotive organization in Kern County, by providing customers a superior ownership experience. According to Ted Nicholas, CEO: 83510d784bf5100588b810145efa6b30“At Three-Way Chevrolet-Cadillac our motto is “WE’RE HERE TO HELP!”  That applies not only to providing a great experience for our clients, but to helping out in our community as well.  And what could be a better opportunity to help than to host a blood drive partnering with Houchin Community Blood Bank?”

Old ChevyThree-Way began business in 1956 downtown on Chester Avenue.  The need to expand encouraged the flourishing company to move “out in the country” to 3800 California Avenue in 1969. The award-winning dealership purchased the Cadillac franchise in 2003. Record sales continued, and Three-Way attained the Top Chevrolet and Top GM Retailer in the state of California for 6 consecutive years.  In fact, Three-Way was recognized as the Top Chevrolet Retail Sales Leader in the United States during the months of June and July 2006.

In August that year, Three-Way moved once again to a state-of-the-art dealership facility in the Bakersfield Auto Mall, where they proudly serve all of Kern County’s automotive needs today. Exemplary service, and an earnest desire to help all customers drive not only an affordable, but a superior automobile, are the hallmarks of the dealership.

We are looking forward to our drive at the Cadillac showroom with this great community partner. For an appointment call Three-Way at  661-283-3300 or click here.

Murray Family Farms Day

Murray Family FarmsYou’ve seen their fruit filled stands at the Bakersfield Farmer’s Markets, why not visit the source? On Saturday June 13, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm we will be at Murray Family Farms for a truly enjoyable mobile drive from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  This is a great opportunity for adults to take turns donating, while another adult enjoys all that this great local attraction offers families.  Donors will receive a one half price admission to the farm full of fun for the whole family.

What a great opportunity to save some lives, PLUS check out all Murray Family Farms  offers in the way of tasty home-cooked food, produce, jams, pies, jerky, nuts, fudge and much, much more in their wholesome and unique store. What could be more fun in the summer than picking your own fruit and veggies and introducing the family to great produce and life on the farm? We appreciate the opportunity to have something truly health conscious and family oriented to offer our donors, and are pleased to have a new mobile partner in eastern Kern County.

World Blood Donor Day 2015

World Blood Donor Day is celebrated annually on June 14th. Organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the theme of this year’s campaign is “Thank you for saving my life”. The focus is on thanking blood donors who save lives every day through their blood donations in an effort to encourage more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly, using the slogan “Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters.” According to WHO, “The campaign aims to highlight stories from people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, as a way of motivating regular blood donors to continue giving blood, and to encourage people in good health who have never given blood, particularly young people, to begin doing so.”

Nexcare_Give_2015_Bandages_FanWe will have displays about World Blood Donor Day, featuring patients whose lives we have saved, at each donor center. The displays will include free packs of NexCare give Bandages.  The colorful theme of the bandages this year is “Creating a Culture of Giving”.  The Nexcare Give Program celebrates all those who “give” blood around the world. The 2015 limited-edition collection of bandages features eight vibrant designs inspired by patterns and textiles from various cultures and locations around the world.

“During our recognition of World Blood Donor Day this year, we appreciate the opportunity to remind the public of the need for blood donors from all nationalities to meet rare antigen requests from hospitals for the patients we serve”, said Carola Enriquez, Director of Community Development. “As part of our displays at each center, donors will find an information sheet they can fill in to volunteer information about their national origins to aid us in our rare antigen testing program”, she added.