Pint for Pass Blood Drive 2016

2016KernCountyFairlogoThe Kern County Fair will partner with us for a fourth annual Pint for Pass Blood Drive, from August 15 to September 2, 2016. Donors at the donor centers AND mobile drives will be able to enjoy FREE adult admission passes to this year’s special 100th Anniversary Kern County Fair by simply rolling up a sleeve and donating a pint of blood,or other needed blood products. Donors can also enter to win weekly two-packs, and a grand prize four-pack, to the Fair. Fair packs include parking, admission and ride wristbands.

86097760.bzHGhaalThe Great Kern County Fair of 2016 runs from September 21st to October 2nd.  As always, it will feature outstanding entertainment, fabulous food, thrilling rides, fascinating exhibits, and fun for the entire family.  “This partnership is 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. “ Mike Olcott, CEO of the Great Kern County Fair reports: “Partnering with the Houchin Community Blood Bank on the Pint for a Pass Blood Drive has been a tremendous success for the fair in order to help the community and to fill the shelves with much needed blood supplies”.

Fair passes have been a successful way to attract donors during a time when the need is at its greatest. “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 three 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.

Join us for the Pint for a Pass Blood Drive as we get ready to celebrate 100 years of fun at the Great Kern County Fair!

Clean Sweep for an August Donor

Clean Sweep Logo1Would you appreciate a little extra help in beautifying your home? Good news! All August donors will automatically be entered to win this month’s Executives’ Association of Kern County prize: $500 dollars in Clean Sweep Tile, Stone, and Carpet Services. Come in to any of our locations or blood drives to donate and you could be the winner of a “clean sweep’ at your house!

Ken and Kathy.jpgClean Sweep is owned by Ken and Kathy Pistoresi, who have helped people with their floor cleaning needs in the Bakersfield area for over 35 years. Ken is a certified expert in stone and tile restoration and cleaning, grout re-color, permanent grout sealer, concrete stains and coatings, and carpet and upholstery cleaning.  Clean Sweep has the expertise to provide warranty service work for major carpet manufacturers, and believes in educating the consumer about needed service to make the best informed decision on possible cleaning and repair techniques. Clean Sweep can advise on the best course of action for the consumer no matter how damage occurred or how serious the flooring or furnishing problem seems.

Both Ken and Kathy are valued blood donors as well, with 10 gallons of blood donations between them. We thank them for for being such great supporters of blood donation in our community!

Hot Fudge Sundae Drive

We have no mobile drives scheduled on Monday, July 25, 2016 to help bring in the 100 pints of blood and 30 units of platelets needed every day to meet patient needs, so it is crucial that donors to come into the two Bakersfield donor centers that day. O+ and O- blood are the biggest needs.

nationalhotfudgesundaydayTo encourage donations, we will be celebrating National Hot Fudge Sundae Day from 9 am to 6 pm at 5901 Truxtun Avenue and 11515 Bolthouse Drive.  All donors will receive a free make your own sundae, and can enter to win a year of Cold Stone Creamery sundaes.  Platelet donors will be given two chances to win the year of sundaes.  Other incentives include a free Olympic themed t-shirt, and a coupon for a free individual cheese or pepperoni pizza from Rusty’s Pizza.  All July donors are automatically entered to win $500 in Cold Cash from SC Communications, Inc.

“There are so many extra reasons NOT to give blood during the summer months,” said Carola Enriquez, Director of Community Development at Houchin. “We have been finding lots of regular donors out of town for vacations, so really need to appeal to people still in town to come in and save lives.”  Only 38% of the population is eligible to give blood and only 10% of those do, so new donors are always encouraged to give blood donation a try.

Blood donors must be in good health, weigh 110 pounds, and be 17 years of age or older, or 16 with parental consent.  A photo ID with date of birth is all that is needed to start saving lives. More information about blood donation is available at 661-323-4222.  Platelet donors must have an appointment, but blood donors can walk in to either donor center.


Rusty’s Pizza Month is Back

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!


10th Annual Community Wide Blood Drive

The 10th Annual Community Wide Blood Drive takes place from Friday, July 29 to Saturday, August 13, 2016 to make sure there is enough blood for our patients during the last month of summer vacation. Thanks to our presenting sponsors San Joaquin Community Hospital and Kaiser Permanente, donors at the blood bank and on all mobile drives will be entered to win a Grand Prize Disney Vacation, as well as 10 days of $100 COOL Cash giveaways 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.”


Account Managers Joy Invina and Tracy Hunter with KGET’s Kevin Charette before the kick off of the Community Wide Blood Drive.

“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.
The Community wide Blood Drive kicks off on Friday, July 29th with a 13 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 North 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.

Erskine Fire Blood Drive

Erskine fire three locationsLake Isabella Blood Drive Relocated in Bakersfield to Seek Replacement Blood and Erskine Fire Recovery Supplies

Our regular blood drive serving the Kern River Valley at the First Baptist Church in Lake Isabella on Tuesday, June 28, has been diverted to Bakersfield because the church is in the forefront of offering care and support to people and animals affected by the Erskine Fire.

It is still crucial to the local blood supply that we collect the blood that the Kern River Valley cannot provide at this time of crisis, so the blood drive has been relocated to 1215 Truxtun Avenue, on the plaza behind and between the Kern County Administrative Center and the County Courts building.  Two-hour public parking is located east of L Street and in the parking garage on N Street. At the event, we will also collect goods needed by the First Baptist Church to continue their work with fire victims.

The public is invited to donate blood and specified goods at these Bakersfield locations:

  • Kern County Administrative Center Mobile, behind 1115 Truxtun Avenue, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Truxtun Donor Center, 5901 Truxtun Avenue, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Bolthouse Donor Center, 11515 Bolthouse Drive, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Houchin will be collecting these items specifically needed by the First Baptist Church to continue their work with people and animals affected by the Erskine Fire.   These items are:

  • pet food, pet toys and pet comfort items including towels
  • shoes
  • baby diapers
  • hygiene items
  • blankets
  • non perishable food
  • blankets, pillows and sleeping bags
  • books, crossword puzzles, games

Donated goods will be transported to the church to aid in the recovery efforts.  Cash donations can also be made payable to the Houchin Community Foundation, which will forward donations to the church for ongoing relief efforts.

Mick GleasonMick Gleason, District 1 Supervisor representing the Kern River Valley affected by the fire, and current Kern County Board of Supervisors Chairman, said the County of Kern Administration Office is pleased to be able to offer a new location for this blood drive.

“I am gratified that Houchin is aiding our efforts to help the victims of this terrible tragedy,” Supervisor Gleason said. “And since Houchin is saving lives every day throughout Kern County, we’re encouraging County employees and anyone else in the community to come to the Administrative Center to give blood or other needed donations.”

We appreciate the County’s willingness to host this displaced drive so our efforts to collect blood in advance of the three day 4th of July holiday can be maximized.

5th Annual Two Tickets to Paradise

Relaxing-on-the-BeachGrab you sunhat and flip flops, the Two Tickets to Paradise Blood Drive returns for a fifth year, thanks to our sponsor, SC Communications, Inc. Donors that visit one of our donor centers or mobile drives between Monday, July 11 to Saturday, July 23, can enter to win a taste of “Island Time” with a vacation for two to Catalina Island, an island paradise perfect for relaxation or adventure, or a little of both. Just an hour’s time from the mainland, Catalina Island has clear blue sunny skies and cool ocean breezes, so it’s close, yet a world away. The adventurous can go ziplining, parasailing, diving, snorkeling or seatrekking, kayaking, hiking or biking.  The less adventurous can explore Catalina’s abundant marine life on glass bottom boats and undersea semi-submersible tours.

Our sponsor will also sponsor an “Island Time Social” on Thursday, July 21st at the Truxtun 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 and donate blood products. 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.

We appreciate their support of blood donation in our community!

COLD Cash For a HOT July

cold cashWith the summer heat hitting its peak, wouldn’t you love some help with that mounting energy bill? Or, maybe you’d prefer a weekend getaway to a cooler climate. One lucky July donor will win the Executives’ Association of Kern County Monthly Prize which is $500 in COLD CASH thanks to SC Communications, Inc. To enter simply roll up your sleeve and donate during July.

SC Communications, Inc. 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 SC-Communications-vectortelecommunications repair and service are just some of the services they can provide.

Asked why SC Communications, Inc. supports blood donation, General Manager Jamie Hastings, says ” ”Kern County is an amazingly giving community.  If we can help save just one life, we are more than happy to continue to sponsor such an important event every year.”  SC Communications, Inc. is also sponsoring the 5th Annual Two Tickets to Paradise Blood Drive this month.

Thank you SC Communications, Inc. for your long time support of blood donation in our community!

Ashley Furniture Day at Houchin


Donors will receive this awesome Ashley-Sleep memory foam pillow when they donate!

We are proud to partner with the Bakersfield Ashley Furniture HomeStore®  on Saturday, June 25, 2016. This is our fifth blood drive together, and based on prior success, the drive should kick our summer donations up! Although the need for blood never takes a vacation, our donors do and that makes it harder for people to find time to give blood. Special blood drives like this one at Ashley Furniture Homestore® help ensure a stable blood supply to offset this seasonal decline.

The Ashley Furniture HomeStore® mobile blood drive will be held at its Bakersfield location, 8915 Rosedale Highway, from 10 am – 2 pm. Donors there, or at either donor center all day, will receive a coupon for a free Ashley Sleep Contour Pillow and a 25% off coupon for merchandise at the Ashley Furniture Homestore® while supplies last. The pillow coupon must be redeemed at the store. Also at the mobile drive, donors will receive a coupon for a FREE Route 44 Big Drink thanks to Sonic and a buy one, get one free voucher for a Bakersfield Blaze home game courtesy of the Blaze. There’s a convenient Sonic right next to our mobile drive at the Ashley Furniture HomeStore®. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 661-616-2505. You can also make an appointment online.

HomeStoreLogoAshley Furniture has always had a proud sense of its history and the wisdom to know what made it great. Ashley Furniture continues to strive to enhance its communities by working to improve their infrastructure and community services. Locally owned Ashley Furniture HomeStores® are extremely active in their communities supporting many nonprofit organizations. Thank you for supporting ours!

Feel the Beat on World Donor Day

To honor those who “give” around the world, Nexcare Bandages has developed a limited-edition collection of bandages with the theme “Feel the Beat, Give Blood,” featuring five vibrant music and dance-inspired designs reflecting different styles and cultures from around the globe. Packages of the limited-edition bandages will be available at the donor centers and mobile drives from June 13-18 while supplies last in nexcarecelebration of World Blood Donor Day on June 14, 2016. Nexcare is committed to making blood donation a national priority as shown by this annual recognition of blood donors worldwide.

Nexcare’s annual support for World Blood Donor Day is explained in this video. Donors can pledge to give as part of World Blood Donor Day and take part in the effort by using the hashtag #GiveInspires with donation photos posted to social media.  Why not take part in this international effort by taking a selfie in your Olympics themed Houchin summer t-shirt and use the hashtag?  No needles please in your photo submissions.