Author Archives: Carolina Aparicio

Not Scared Of Needles Are You? Donate Blood!

In the past you may have walked onto one of our mobile buses or into one of our two donor centers ready to donate blood, gone through registration, and answered the health questionnaire, only to be turned away because you had gotten a tattoo recently.  Well, let us tell you those days are long gone! Effective February 2, 2018, a person receiving a tattoo in a licensed facility, in a regulated state like California, can donate just seven days after the tattoo.  The previous one Continue reading →

Chuck Pruitt Thanks Donors Who Saved His Life

Charles “Chuck” Pruitt was thanking donors for saving his life on a Facebook post this year, so we asked him to share more of his story with us. He gladly did!  Chuck reports that, in July and August of 2014, he was near death waiting for a new liver. He had developed Hepatitis D and it soon took control of his ability to remember words, drive or even walk. He was admitted to the Bakersfield Heart Hospital, and began receiving blood products to remain stable. Continue reading →

February Donor: Wesley Wilson

Wesley Wilson first started donating blood at 16 years old when he was a student at Ridgeview High School! Wesley says, “My blood type is O Negative, I know it’s important because it is the universal blood type. I just try to give when I can so that I can help the most people that I can.” Wesley recently switched over to an automated donation procedure where he is able to save the most lives and give the blood products that are best for his height, Continue reading →

Give N Go with CSU Bakersfield!

California State University Bakersfield Athletics Department is once again sponsoring the annual CSUB Give n Go Blood Drive to celebrate another great season of Division I Basketball. This year’s drive will be held from February 3rd to 17th, 2018. All donors can enter to win a $100 Visa Gift Card provided by the CSUB sports fans at Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, plus all donors will receive a voucher to attend any game, any sport, at CSUB through May 31, 2018. CSUB alumni, students and staff Continue reading →

Price is Right for Donor Jack Hood

Jack Hood knew exactly how to get on the Price is Right:  make a t-shirt that said he was a 94-year-old blood and platelet donor at Houchin Community Blood Bank.  It worked! Jack will be appearing on the show airing January 5, 2018 at 10:00 am. His bright blue and pink shirt said: 94 YEARS OLD, Still Donating Blood to Houchin Blood Bank, Blood . . .22 Gallons, Platelets & Plasma . . .226. Jack really wanted to try to get on the popular show again, since he didn’t make Continue reading →

January Donor: Frank Buoni

Frank Buoni had been trying to reach his next gallon milestone for a few weeks but his iron was always just a tad bit low. Finally on December 21st, Frank celebrated his 10th gallon donation at our Bolthouse Donor Center! Donating 10 gallons of blood is no small feat. It takes years of commitment and perseverance. Frank has many friends here at Houchin, both old and new. Three members of our staff went to Bakersfield High School with Frank, and it  was one of his Continue reading →

iGive So Others Live. Resolve to Get Fit and Save Lives!

Blood donation can be part of an ongoing healthy lifestyle. Not only do blood products save lives every day in hospitals county wide, but volunteer donors benefit from the “mini physical” they receive each time they donate. From the blood pressure check to the finger stick to the cholesterol results, each of these tests helps ensure a healthy person is donating for others. In an effort to encourage blood donation during National Blood Donor Month, Kern Family Health Care is once again offering a great, health-enhancing Continue reading →

January is Rusty’s Pizza Month

What better way to celebrate the New Year and National Blood Donor Month than by picking up a coupon for a free individual cheese or pepperoni pizza when you save lives with us during January.  Rusty’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 Continue reading →

National Blood Donor Month 2018

January has been celebrated as National Blood Donor Month since 1970, to recognize the importance of giving blood, platelets, and plasma while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need. We encourage people to join us as lifesaving blood, platelet and plasma donors.  These products cannot be manufactured, they can only come from willing volunteers.  January donors will receive a coupon for a free individual pizza from Rusty’s Pizza and can enter to win a monthly drawing for one of four Apple iWatch Series 2 courtesy of Kern Continue reading →

Sweetheart Package EAKC Prize

January’s Executives’ Association of Kern County Monthly Donor Prize is a Sweetheart Package, sponsored by Tim Kounter, Placement Service Director with Bakersfield Senior Placement. This exciting donor prize is a complete gift from the heart for someone special featuring gift certificates for the following: $100 for dinner out at Cafe Med $100 with Massage by Karen $100 with Log Cabin Florist  $200 gift card to Stockdale Jewelers Wouldn’t that make for a great date with that special someone? All January donors will automatically be entered to win.  The winner Continue reading →