Special Blood Drive

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Ashley Furniture HomeStore Day, August 30

Ashley Furniture HomeStore will be hosting a mobile blood drive on Saturday, August 30th at its Bakersfield location, 8915 Rosedale Highway, from 10 am- 2 pm. Donors there, or at either donor center all day, will receive a free Ashley Memory Foam pillow and 25% off coupon. Donors donating at the mobile blood drive will be entered into an hourly gift card drawing.

We thank businesses like Ashley Furniture HomeStore for their support of blood donation in our community. For more information on how your business can get involved contact the Community Development Department at communitydevelopment@hcbb.com or 661-616-2500.

Special Blood Drive Days

Three local businesses are hosting mobile and/or donor center drives during August as follows.  If you would like more information on having your business host an activity with us please contact communitydevelopment@hcbb.com.

PF Changs P.F. Chang’s Day, August 8, 2014

P.F. Chang’s Restaurant will be hosting a mobile drive on Friday, August 8th at its Bakersfield location, 10700 Stockdale Highway from 4 to 7 pm. Donors will receive a free appetizer coupon and a t-shirt, and they will be entered to win an hourly gift card drawing. The free appetizer coupon will also be available at both donor centers.

BJs LogoBJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse Day, August 9

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse will be hosting a mobile drive on Saturday, August 9th at its Bakersfield location,10750 Stockdale Highway, from noon to 4:00 pm.  Donors at that mobile, or at either donor center all day, will receive a coupon for BJ’s Famous Pizookie dessert and a BJ’s Handcrafted Draft Root Beer coupon!


 ashley homestore-logoAshley Furniture HomeStore Day, August 30

Ashley Furniture HomeStore will be hosting a mobile blood drive on Saturday, August 30th at its Bakersfield location, 8915 Rosedale Highway, from 10 am- 2 pm. Donors there, or at either donor center all day, will receive a free Ashley Memory Foam pillow and 25% off coupon. Donors donating at the mobile blood drive will be entered into an hourly gift card drawing.

We thank these businesses for their support of blood donation in our community.

Milestones Reached for our Community


Gary K and GalsHistory was made on July 3, 2014 when long time friend and donor Gary Ketchel became the first person to donate 900 platelets. Gary is an extremely dedicated donor, and even brings treats for the staff when he makes a milestone. He also contributes pistachios to the Platelet Dinner every year as a treat for other platelet donors. It’s always a treat just to see Gary’s smiling face. Congratulations on your exemplary service to our community Gary! More photos of the fun we had with Gary are available on our Facebook page here.

Emery BarnesAlso on July 3, 2014 we had a new donor take the lead with the most blood donations. We all owe long time donor Emery Barnes a standing ovation for his lifetime of service. He has donated 264 pints which is equal to 33 gallons! He is now our top donor for the most blood donated by an individual, but doesn’t want any acclaim or fuss.  We insisted he pose for a photograph however and say thanks for the thousands of lives he has improved and saved over the years!

Both men are truly heroes!

Pint for a Pass Returns

PrintThe Kern County Fair will partner with Houchin Community Blood Bank on a third annual Pint for a Pass Blood Drive, from August 18 to September 14, 2014. Four thousand FREE adult admission passes to the Best in the West Kern County Fair will be distributed to blood donors at the donor centers and on mobile drives.  The passes were wildly successful with donors the last two years, increasing blood supplies at a time when inventories are traditionally low.  One lucky winner during the drive will win our grand prize give away of an adult pass four pack plus four wristbands to the fair. Call 661-616-2505 or click here for an appointment to donate during the drive.

SONY DSCThe 2014 fair runs from September 17 to 28, and as always, it will feature outstanding entertainment, fabulous food, thrilling rides, fascinating exhibits, and fun for the entire family.

“This partnership is a 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. “Both of us are dedicated to serving the needs of Kern County citizens”, he added. According to Mike Olcott, CEO of the Kern County Fair: “It is great to partner with the blood bank to help them fill their need, and to give people in our community an opportunity to come to the Kern County Fair.  Working with the community is important to us.”

GregOur own President and CEO, Greg Gallion is being recognized as Fair Person of the Year.

“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 two 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.

August Wine Country Escape

Croad WineHave you dreamed of enjoying the rolling hills of Italy? Although, we can’t get you there, one lucky August donor will win a romantic wine country getaway for two on the central coast in Paso Robles. The Inn at Croad Vineyards is a bed and breakfast experience “that’s exactly like being in Tuscany” according to Rick Montoya of BSW Roofing. That is why he and Ward Miller, The Blind Installer, are sponsoring two mid-week nights at the inn as part of this year’s EAKC 30/30 Drawing. Rick recommends the inn to enjoy the fabulous hospitality of owner Martin Croad, also of Bakersfield. Martin is originally from New Zealand so our winner can expect a special “Kiwi” influence to the hospitality.

Croad at NightSpectacular panoramic views of the vineyards go perfectly with a complimentary bottle of Croad Estate wine in your suite if you are our winner. You will enjoy the evening “wine-down hour” with complimentary cheese plate and glass of Estate wine with the other guests, and wake up to enjoy a wonderful continental breakfast before a personal tour of the winery with the owner and winemaker, Martin Croad. Wine tasting for two at the winery is also included.  What a great escape for one of our August donors!

BSWBSW Roofing and Solar has been in business over 70 years, starting out as Bakersfield Shingles Wholesaler in 1942. This locally owned family business has received the Angie’s List Super Service Award, and provides certified roofing and solar solutions for homes and business. Serving Central California and Kern County, BSW “looks forward to providing continued quality sales and service to our community.​​​​​ Our #1 priority is protecting your home and family with complete customer satisfaction”.

The Blind Installer JPGWard Miller is the owner of The Blind Installer, providing the latest in custom window coverings of all kinds here in Kern County.  The blinds at the new Bolthouse Donor Center are Ward’s work, and he prides himself on knowing just the product for each application. Ward can be reached at 661-829-2512 to discuss any window covering needs.



Out for Blood During Shark Week

shark swimmingSharks are out for blood, and so are we from August 10-16, 2014 during the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week.  During Shark Week, all donors will receive a free admission pass to the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History in Bakersfield, home to outstanding exhibits about our own Sharktooth Hill Bone Bed. The museum was featured during Shark Week programming on “Sharkzilla” in 2012 and 2013.  The museum will provide a $150 value gift basket for one lucky donor featuring an annual family membership, cast of a megalodon shark tooth, and real fossilized shark teeth.   

Shark and GirlDonors can also enter to win four tickets to San Diego’s Sea World, home of the Shark Encounter exhibitcompliments of Burger King. Shark Week has been the “King of Summer Since ’87″, so we hope this blood drive will help us “reel in” new and repeat donors so we can avoid the very scary sight of empty shelves.

Although sharks can smell one drop of blood in a million drops of water, it’s sometimes difficult for blood banks to circle their prey during the summer months. So dive in to one of our donor centers or mobile blood drives. Walk-ins are always welcome, but for a much appreciated appointment, please click here.

BVMuseum BannerThe Shark Week Blood Drive will kick off with a shark inspired social at the Bolthouse Donor Center from 4-7 pm on Monday, August 11 featuring shark fossils from the Buena Vista Museum and themed food.

The Buena Vista Museum of Natural History organizes tours to the world famous Sharktooth Hill Bonebed just east of Bakersfield, and exhibits fascinating exhibits on our fossil heritage and many other aspects of our natural world. Children and adults will enjoy the extensive collection of wild animal mounts and Native American exhibits.  Children of all ages will love the Discovery Zone featuring hands on science. Be sure to check out this local treasure with your donor pass. It is conveniently located on Chester Avenue in downtown Bakersfield just south of 21st Street.



KGET-17 Community Wide Blood Drive

CWBDThe need for blood never takes a vacation, so we hope donors will join us for the 8th Annual Community Wide Summer Blood Drive. We’ll have multiple drives throughout Kern County from July 28, 2014 through August 10, 2014 during the drive.  The action kicks off outside the KGET Channel 17 studios on Monday, July 28 at 22nd and L Street between 5:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Couple eating at CWBDEarly birds will receive a choice of breakfast croissants and Cinnabon cinnamon rolls thanks to Burger King. During lunch Jersey Mike’s will serve sandwiches to donors beginning at 10:30 am. La Rosa’s will provide their famous fruit bars starting at 10:00 am.  All food items will be available while supplies last. KRAB Radio will be broadcasting live from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Don’t forget that each donor during July receives a coupon for a free individual Rusty’s Pizza!

Donors can enter to win a grand prize Disney Vacation Package, as well as a daily drawing for a $100 fuel card! Prizes are sponsored by San Joaquin Community Hospital and Kaiser Permanente.  Other sponsors include The Bakersfield Californian, La Rosa Fruit Bars, and GET Bus.

To schedule an appointment click here or call 661-616-2505. Walk-ins are welcome at our two donor centers or any of these Community Wide Blood Drive mobile drives:

San Joaquin Community Hospital           Thursday, July 31           7:30 AM-12:00 PM         2615 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield

Home Depot – Ming Avenue                     Friday, August 1            10:00 AM-2:00 PM       4001 Ming Avenue, Bakersfield

Jamba Juice – Rosedale                          Saturday, August 2         10:00 AM-1:30 PM         9360 Rosedale Highway, Bakersfield

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton                      Sunday, August 3           10:00 AM-1:30 AM         12803 Montbatten Place, Bakersfield

Fiesta Days Frazier Mountain                Sunday, August 3           11:00 AM-3:00 PM         Frazier Mountain Community Park, Frazier Park

In-Shape Health Club – Oswell               Tuesday, August 5          4:00 PM -7:00 PM       2681 Oswell Street, Bakersfield

Delano Regional Hospital                      Thursday, August 7          11:15 AM- 4:00 PM     1401 Garces Highway, Delano

PF Chang’s                                              Friday, August 8                4:00 PM – 7:00 PM       10700 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse          Saturday, August 9           12:00 PM- 4:00 PM     10750 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield

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July Fourth Can be Dangerous

safe july 4We will be closed on July 4th so that everyone can enjoy the holiday with family and friends, but we need full shelves to rest assured all will be well with our local blood supply over the holiday weekend. Just consider what can happen.  Fireworks can cause burns and other injuries, and so can barbecue grills.  People can get over heated or injured from playing sports or games they are not used to. Travel is up and so are accidents.

According to Forbes Magazine, the National Safety Council calls the Fourth of July “the most dangerous holiday of the year”. Drinking and driving, as well as fireworks injuries among children, are some of the reasons given in the article. Valuable information on typical fireworks injuries and how to prevent them is available here from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

So, lets resolve to have a safe and enjoyable celebration ourselves, and ensure there are enough blood, platelet and plasma donations on hand for any emergency that might arise by making it into the blood bank or one of our community blood drives this week.

ABC 23 recently did an excellent story on summer’s demands on blood supplies and trauma centers and it is available here.

Donors Love New Eyewitness News Blood Drive

2014 KBAK EblastWe were thrilled to welcome Eyewitness News KBAK-CBS 29 and KBFK Fox 58 as a new blood drive sponsor this summer. The Eyewitness News Summer Blood Drive  took place June 23-27, with five days of $500 a day prizes thanks to the stations and five local sponsors. The drive brought in 888 donors, 121 of them new, and we collected 682 pints of life saving blood at the two donor centers and mobile drives, so it was a great week. The information on the sponsors, prizes, and the lucky blood donors who won each are noted below.  Winner photos are on our Facebook page.

Monday, June 23    Winner: Luis A. Negron
$500 Best Buy Gift Card
Sponsor: Capital Dental Group

Tuesday, June 24   Winner: Norman B. Coughran
$500 Lowe’s Gift Card
Sponsor: Coldwell Banker

Wednesday, June 25   Winner: Tina Ericsson
$500 Visa Gift Card
Sponsor: Bakersfield College

Thursday, June 26   Winner: Celeste Ortega
$150 Home Depot Gift Card
$150 Winco Gift Card
$100 Target Gift Card
$50 Edwards Theater Gift Card
$50 Tahoe Joe’s Gift Card
Sponsor: Law Offices of Young and Nichols

Friday, June 27   Winner: Paul Gungle
$500 VISA Gift Card
Sponsor: Family Motors Auto Group


Chance for Paradise Returns

Catalina-Island-1It’s back! The popular Two Tickets to Paradise Blood Drive sponsored by SC Communications, Inc is back for a third year. Thanks to our sponsor, one lucky donor will be drawn to get a taste of “Island Time” with a vacation for two to Catalina Island, “California’s Only Island Destination Resort”. To enter, just fill in the drawing slip  for this fabulous escape when you donate between Monday, July 14 and Saturday, July 26, 2014.

SC-Communications-vectorSC Communications, Inc. strives to provide a sense of community with its business, and we are pleased they have chosen to support our community blood bank so we can offer this exciting donor prize and two social events. Two “Island Time Socials” from 4-7 pm are scheduled to celebrate the event, one on Monday, July 21 at the Bolthouse Donor Center, and one at the Truxtun Donor Center on Thursday, July 24.  Both will feature light appetizers with an island vibe.  Please plan to join us!

Catalina Island WelcomeBlood banks face a shortage of donors every summer because high schools are out of session and regular donors are traveling.  With about 20% of the donating public unavailable, we rely on many smaller mobile drives to keep blood supplies coming in.  We also make renewed efforts to encourage occasional donors to come in, and engage new donors to give blood donation a try. Fun events and donor drawings make that possible, so we thank SC Communications for their ongoing support of this mid-summer drive.