Holiday Hours

We have special holiday hours on Friday, December 15 from 9 AM to 4 PM at both locations, and will be closed on Monday, December 25, 2017 and on New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2018. Unfortunately, the need for blood, platelets and plasma does not take vacations, so we hope to see our dedicated donors in before and after the holidays.

We are thankful for all our donors and wish you and yours a very happy holidays!

New Year, New You for Donors!

Skinsation Medical Aesthetics is a proud new member of the Executives’ Association of Kern County and the sponsor of our December Monthly Prize for blood donors.  Skinsation has provided a fabulous gift basket of services and supplies designed to help create a New You in the New Year! The basket is valued at $500 and contains Lipotropic/Fat Burner and B12 injections, as well as a gift card so the winner can choose additional services. Who couldn’t use some fat burned and more energy in 2018?

Skinsation offers a variety of medical aesthetic procedures for residents of Bakersfield and surrounding areas. It is conveniently located near the popular Marketplace on Haggin Oaks. Their exceptional services include, weight management, Coolsculpting, laser hair reduction and vein removal.  They can help with moles, stretchmarks and scars, and of course specialize in making your face look it’s best. Skinsation also offers Ultherapy, which is the only non-invasive, FDA-cleared procedure that lifts the eyebrow, neck, and under chin area.

 The Skinsation clinic has an experienced team of nurses and medical technicians to perform the beauty treatments and procedures you desire, and are dedicated to provide the ultimate solutions to make you look and feel your best whenever you visit. For more information or an appointment, contact (661) 617-6101 today!

December Donor: Ramon Hendrix

Ramon Hendrix recently received his 21 gallon license plate frame from Nurse Carlena. He was thrilled to be seated next to a former student and first time donor, Kristina Florez at the time. Mr. Hendrix was the principal of Stockdale High School for 13 years, just recently becoming the new Superintendent of the Greenfield Union School District.  Kristina is a junior at Stockdale High, so it was a great reunion for them both.  Kristina says she was encouraged to donate not only to save lives, but to be part of the annual Give it Up High School Blood Drive Challenge.  The high school challenge was always supported by Mr. Hendrix during his tenure at Stockdale.

Mr. Hendrix’s own blood donation career was shaped when he worked at Mercy Hospital in the pharmacy and saw how many patients were in need of transfusions.  Both of his parents needed transfusions during their lives, so he says he just wants to help other people out by being a donor. Thank you Mr. Hendrix for all those lives you have impacted with your 21 lifesaving gallons!


6th Annual #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media on November 28, 2017. It is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  #GivingTuesday truly kicks off the season of giving, not getting. Lifesaving blood products that only volunteers can provide is certainly a great and lifesaving gift!

We will be taking part in this 6th annual social media event at four locations, and hope you will join us. We will be sharing photographs of our donors and staff with #GivingTuesday signage throughout the day.

In addition to the two donor centers, we will have participating mobile drives at Three-Way Chevrolet Cadillac in Bakersfield from 10 am – 2 pm, and at The Whiting Center in Bear Valley from 12 pm – 6 pm that day. There will be special prizes at the mobile drives. We hope you’ll show your giving spirit with a donation at any location!

All donors will be entered to win two great prizes.  One is a trip for two to Hawaii, or another destination of choice, from The Wonderful Company, and the other is a $500 Walmart Gift Card from members of the Executives’ Association of Kern County, Attorney Mel Ehrlich and Certified Financial Planner, John Rodgers.

Destination for Your Donation

The much anticipated annual Destination for Your Donation Blood Drive is back! Thanks to The Wonderful Company, one lucky donor will win a fabulous $2,500 Hawaii Vacation Package, this is equal to a five nights and six days in our great vacation state.  All you have to do to enter is fill in an entry slip when you donate between November 20 and December 1, 2017. This annual drive helps us kick off the holiday season, just in time to remind people that the need for blood, platelets and plasma will not decline as holiday festivities get underway.

526aec195df6e309c75ed8de9b09b22d_f747The Wonderful Company, formerly known as Paramount Farms, is the world’s largest grower and processor of almonds and pistachios. Working with their Grower Partners, they farm 125,000 sunny acres that deliver 450 million pounds of nuts. We are thrilled that this internationally recognized corporation has chosen to recognize the contributions of Kern County blood donors with this awesome prize drawing again this year. Our thanks to The Wonderful Company for this generous recognition of the value of blood donation in our community!

Jamba Juice Saturday Is Back!

jamba-juiceTake a moment to recover from your Thanksgiving meal and take a break from holiday shopping to focus on saving a life this holiday season. Kick-off the season of giving by donating blood on Jamba Juice Day, Saturday, November 25th. Every donor will receive a coupon for a delicious 16 ounce smoothie at both donor centers, and at a special mobile drive at the Jamba Juice store located at 9360 Rosedale Highway from 11 am to 2 am. Coupons are available while supplies last, so make an appointment for this great day of giving to save lives during the holiday season.

Only volunteer donors can give blood, and we rely on an average of 100 people to keep up with patient needs.  Holidays mean that regular donors are traveling, and winter brings seasonal illnesses, both of which keep regular donors from helping us keep up with the demand which can increase on holiday weekends. We appreciate Jamba Juice for recognizing this need and hosting this popular annual drive.

Successful Summer Pledge Drive 2017

Summer Pledge DriveOur Summer Pledge Drive was an outstanding success this year. Donors had more chances to win prizes, as each donation between May 1st and September 30th counted as one entry for three separate prize drawings. In all, 13,935 people donated.

President and CEO, Greg Gallion, presented the grand prize laptop to Jeff Katz. Jeff donated blood 3 times during the Summer Pledge Drive. Jeff makes a point of donating blood every 56 days at our Chevron Blood Drive as he says it is the right thing to do. Jeff was excited to learn his dedication to donating had an added reward beyond supporting the patients we serve. We appreciate Jeff’s dedication to supporting the local blood supply particularly during the summer months.


Thanksgiving Holiday Hours 2017

We have special holiday hours on Wednesday, November 22 from 7 AM to 3 PM at both locations, and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017. Unfortunately, the need for blood, platelets and plasma does not take vacations, so we hope to see our dedicated donors in before and after the holidays.

We are thankful for our donors and wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

November Donor: Sabrina Valadez

Sabrina was first introduced to Houchin Community Blood Bank as a child. She used to wait in the canteen at our old G Street donor center while her grandmother donated blood. She recalls her grandmother telling her,  “When you get old enough you need to do this, you could help a lot of people.” When she was sixteen, she finally had the opportunity to donate blood when one of Houchin’s mobile buses came to her high school.

Sabrina’s grandmother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. This is why Sabrina has recently converted to donating platelets, she understands the incredible need for platelets in the life of people undergoing cancer treatments. Sabrina says, “I am donating platelets in her honor, she is not able to donate blood anymore so I do it for her.”

Sabrina is happy she is able to help people even if they are strangers to her. She describes her time on the Trima machines as enjoyable. She likes talking to the Houchin staff, other donors, or watching TV while she is donating platelets. Sabrina’s daughter often accompanies her during her blood donation. She  waits patiently in the canteen as Sabrina once did. Sabrina teaches her daughter the value of blood donation and encourages her to donate as soon as she is sixteen.

Target Your Blood Type

This October we ask our donors to target their blood type! Each blood type has the potential to save many lives, so we take this month as an opportunity to teach our donors about their blood type and encourage them to donate in a way that helps maximize the lifesaving potential of their donation. Donors who choose to get their platelet count tested during their donation will receive a coupon for a FREE Pint of Baskin Robbins Ice Cream! All donors targeting their blood type this month enter to win a $500 Target gift card thanks to our EAKC Monthly Prize sponsor, Barrett Business Services Incorporated (BBSI).

Recently Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico braced for three hurricanes that left blood products supplies low in the affected areas. That was followed by the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas. In all cases, the needs for platelets went on long after the red blood cell needs were met, as this fragile blood component lasts only 5 days. The right stores of platelets, plasma and red cells are all needed to be able to cover local needs and help in such emergency situations.

Our donor centers will have “Target Your Blood Type” information booklets that hold information about each blood type and the most effective components of your blood that can be used to save patient lives. For some donors this may mean donating platelets and plasma, for others, it could mean donating whole blood. Targeting your blood type will unlock the true potential of your donation’s ability to save lives and keep our county’s supply of lifesaving blood components. We hope that you will join us in saving lives this October during our Target Your Blood Type Campaign.