Kern County BOO-seum Ticket Drawings For Donors

Two fabulous October traditions take place at the Kern County Museum, and both have provided us with daily ticket drawings for blood donors. What great treats, and the only trick is to donate during the offer periods as detailed below! Every donor gets a free individual Rusty’s Pizza coupon too.

Talladega FrightsDonors between October 13-17 can enter to win a daily drawing for two tickets to Talladega Frights, the ever-evolving scarefest which has grown year after year into a don’t miss attraction.  This is truly the Central Valley’s biggest and best haunted attraction. This year’s features are: Hillbilly Hell, Detention – Green River High School, and Wicked Dark.  There is also a DJ Dance Party on Friday and Saturday nights. There will also be a grand prize of two tickets including fast passes and 2 t-shirts, PLUS some gift cards to round out a complete evening of food, fun and spooky entertainment.

safe+halloweenFrom October 20-29, donors can enter to win a daily family 4 pack of tickets to Safe Halloween, a less scary event geared to families with children 3-12.  There will be more than 40 trick or treat stations, costume contests, and activities throughout the museum’s historic settings.  Businesses, clubs and organizations all band together to create this safe alternative for families that has become a community tradition for generations. We will draw one lucky winner of a grand prize package for 4, which includes not only tickets but everything else needed to round out the Safe Halloween evening of choice, either October 30 or 31. For more information contact us at or 661-616-2505.

Gr8 Givers Gallon Club

Updated Gr8 Givers logo
If one single donation can save up to three lives, imagine how many more could be saved if your group donated together. We are launching an exciting campaign called The GR8 Givers Gallon Club. The GR8 Givers Gallon Club provides an opportunity for friends, families, businesses and organizations across Kern County to form groups of 8 to donate blood together, in an attempt is to have these groups donate 8 pints of blood, for a 1 gallon group donation.


windwolvesEach group attempting this challenge by December 31, 2014 will be entered to win a brick in our commemorative pathway at the entrance to the Bolthouse Donor Center. The brick will be engraved with individual donor names and the Gr8 Givers logo. The brick will then be permanently placed in the commemorative pathway at the entrance of our Bolthouse Donor Center. The winning group will be proud to have their names set in stone as part of the launch of the newGr8 Givers Gallon Club. So, why don’t you start saving lives together! To set a date to attempt the gallon challenge or for more information please contact the Community Development Department at 661-616-2500. We credit the staff at the Wind Wolves Preserve for coming up with this great idea.  We loved the idea, and so have others.  Country Rose Staffing, Kohl’s on Gosford, and Chive on Kern all gave it a try in September. Why don’t you join in and develop a team?

High School Challenge Underway

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The annual High School Blood Drive Challenge is well underway for the 2014-15 school year.  Because we can never reach all the students who want to donate at high school drives, we are encouraging students to give at our two donor centers as well. Donating blood is a great way to earn community service hours and by donating at the donor centers, students can become Gallon Grads that much faster!  We had significant growth in donors crediting high schools over the summer, a time when we always fight lower donation levels. Click here for the chart of the current standings in the challenge.

All pints donated at the donor centers, or any mobile drives, count towards the annual challenge so long as the donor credits a participating high school. The count is not limited to students and staff either.  Family members and alumni are welcome to credit their high school of choice too!

As always, the winning schools will be recognized at a wonderful luncheon in May 2015. Thanks to Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, we will have additional recognition for the large and small high schools receiving the most donations at the donor centers. Trust us, this new prize is really worth going for, so we hope all the schools will “up their game” to try to win that piece of the challenge!


BC Wins National Honor Again

cesar chavez blood driveBakersfield College hosted a third annual two-day mobile blood drive on March 12 and 13, 2014, and came in 13th among 225 participating colleges in the 2014 National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge. Bakersfield College has won before, coming in 10th in 2013, 5th in 2012 and 6th in 2010.

This year’s drive collected 40 additional pints of blood for a total of 293 pints.  In all, 394 donors registered, 204 of them new.  Last year 253 pints were collected from 344 registered donors, and 167 donors were new.

We will present an award plaque to the college later this year and post a photo of the exchange on our Facebook page.

Win VIP Status at Scary for Charity

Scary for Charity winner

Brandi Moore was the lucky donor who won the VIP passes to Scary for Charity last year!

Between October 6 and 11, 2014 blood donors can enter to win 2 VIP tickets to Bakersfield’s best adult Halloween party at the Marriott on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Scary for Charity benefits the Jamison Center and Kern Partnership for Children & Families.The fun includes a costume contest, themed appetizers and cocktails, dancing and an exciting silent auction all to benefit foster youth in our community. This year’s theme is “Zombie Apocalypse” so dress up in your best zombie gear!

The Partnership links businesses, the community, and the Kern County Department of Human Services together to meet the needs of low-income and foster children in Kern County. The Partnership serves as the nonprofit umbrella for the Jamison Children’s Center providing shelter to children removed due to abuse or neglect.  It is the only 24-hour emergency shelter and protective custody facility in Kern County. Scary for Charity helps raise funds to support these youth through an outstanding over-21 evening of Halloween fun each year.  Wouldn’t you like to go?

Celebrate Sweetest Day!

Lindsey, Mai and Justine the bakers of De Coeur Bake Shop

Lindsey, Mai and Justine the bakers of De Coeur Bake Shop

Donating blood is a simple gift that enriches the life of the recipient as well as the person giving it and give the gift that keeps on giving on the Sweetest Day! Sweetest Day is always observed on the third Saturday in October. This year it falls on Saturday, October 18 and we are partnering with De Coeur Bake Shop to celebrate with some sweet treats!

De Coeur Bake Shop is a local bakery owned by Mai Giffard. In French, “De Coeur” means “from the heart/of the heart” so having this partnership is natural. Mai is excited about the partnership, “I am excited to partner with our local blood bank because I admire how much of a positive impact Houchin Community Blood Bank has on the community as well as their engagement with their donors.” De Coeur Bake Shop will be providing delicious scones from 8 am – 10 am and mini macarons from 10 am – 2 pm or while supplies last on Saturday, October 18th at both donor centers. Donors will also receive a special coupon from De Coeur Bake Shop.

De CoeurDe Coeur Bake Shop is committed to using the best, seasonal, sustainable, quality and locally sourced ingredients to create superb artisan breads, pastries and confections.
They believe the best tasting and looking products are labors of love, which is why they choose to support local farmers, purveyors and other businesses. “De Coeur Bake Shop believes everything you do should truly come from the heart and this sentiment is what blood donors share with them,” expressed Joy Invina, Community Development Coordinator. De Coeur Bake Shop also believes in fostering great relationships with their customers, contributing to a growing community and giving 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.

September Donor Can Win Spree!

ShoppingWe all know the drill, back to school means buying lots of new stuff from clothes to electronics and everything in between. So it makes perfect sense that the Executives’ Association of Kern County (EAKC) 30/30 Drawing for September is a $500 Valley Plaza Shopping Spree, compliments of  Baldwin-Georgeton Insurance Agency, Inc. Each month throughout 2014 member businesses are offering a donor prize in honor of EAKC’s 30th Anniversary.

Baldwin-Georgenton Insurance Agency is a full service Health and Life Insurance Firm serving the community for over 75 years. Baldwin-Georgenton Insurance Agency is staffed by knowledgeable professionals, specializing in employee benefits, claims services and administration practices. 

Georgenton InsuranceBaldwin-Georgenton Insurance Agency is run by founder Bill Georgenton’s daughter Tamara Georgenton and son Bill Georgenton, Jr. Tamara is very active in the local community. She serves on the Board of Religious Education at St. Philips and she is active in the Junior League of Bakersfield and EAKC. Both Tamara and Bill continue their father’s legacy of serving the community by sharing their knowledge of insurance and financial services, and responding to their client’s challenges with real world solutions. We appreciate their support of blood donation in our community with this great drawing prize!

To enter to win this great prize, all you have to do is donate blood, platelets or plasma during September; no drawing slips necessary! To find out more about the EAKC 30/30 monthly prize drawing during 2014 click here.



The Day We Never Forget – 9/11/2001

9 11 memorialThe 9/11 attacks are never far removed from the thoughts of anyone who remembers that tragic day when terrorists took down planes into three buildings and a field, killing almost 3,000 people on United States soil. Due to the overwhelming loss of life, less than 260 units of blood was needed by survivors.  Yet, according to the General Accounting Office, nearly 600,000 pints of blood above normal collection came in nationwide through September and October.  Most of it expired before it could ever be used.  Blood banks nationwide are nonprofit organizations which can’t afford such waste, and blood donors want to know that what they so generously contribute for the common good is going to make it to a patient. So, we remember the tragic loss of life and the selflessness of blood donors who lined up and waited to donate blood in an effort to help.  We also remember 9/11 as the day blood banking changed.

Fast forward to the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013.  Although many people immediately appeared to donate blood in an effort to help the approximately 170 runners and spectators who were injured, the overall message from blood banks nationwide was “wait”. There was sufficient blood on hand to meet patient needs right then and people interested in donating should make appointments in the coming weeks and months.  As a result, there was no “run on the blood banks” in the aftermath, and the extra 450 units of blood that went to Boston area hospitals was readily available. At the time, James Hooley, chief of Boston Emergency Medical Services said, “Anybody who arrived alive in a Boston hospital is alive today.”

shelvesToday blood bankers talk about the blood on the shelves saving lives.  We don’t spread fear of an emergency. We just say we must be ready for one in advance so that all the testing is complete and each product is ready to help someone in need. We try to be “upfront” about exactly what we need to meet changing patient needs, and not collect above that.  If you come in to donate as a remembrance on 9/11 in 2014, know that we do need A-, A+, O-, O+ blood in sizable amounts, a little B- and B+, and are well stocked with AB-, and AB+.  Because we don’t want AB red cells to expire before it gets to a patient who needs it, AB donors will be encouraged to give platelets or plasma instead.  Although we usually have enough AB red cells, we always need AB platelets and plasma which are “universally accepted” by anyone.

We update our need for blood, platelets and plasma on social media almost daily, so follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or wait for a call, postcard or e-mail.  We do try to contact the blood types we need. Please keep us updated as your contact information changes and you’ll always know when we truly need you. Thanks for keeping the blood on the shelves, in advance, to save lives.