Brayden’s Wait for a Heart Continues

Brayden waits for a new heart

April is National Donate Life Awareness Month, a time to focus on the ongoing need for organ and bone marrow donations. Transplant procedures require a great deal of blood products, and although they are not done in Kern County, Kern County citizens benefit from them regularly. One local boy waiting for a transplant is 9 year old Brayden, who desperately needs a new heart.

Brayden has been waiting more than three years for a heart transplant. You can recognize his ongoing fight for life by donating blood products this month in honor of Brayden using Account Code 616. You can also fill in a card for Brayden and his family showing that our community is pulling for them all the way during this very difficult wait.

Brayden was born with  . . . SUMMARIZE YOUR HISTORY

According to Brayden’s Mom, Brenda: Some quotes and more information from you HERE ABOUT THE JOURNEY, NEED FOR ORGANS AND BLOOD DONATIONS, EMOTIONS ABOUT WAITING FOR HEART NO LONGER NEEDED, ETC. . . .

Pink DotIf you have not signed up for a Pink Dot on your license signifying intention to be an organ donor you can do so here. You can find our more about joining the bone marrow registry here.

Thanks for your support of Brayden this month.

Condors Out for Blood in 2017

Our lucky suite winner in 2016 was Aaron Saldana on the left, being greeted by Liam Huculac for the Condors.

The Bakersfield Condors are back for a another year of their wildly popular Condors Out for Blood Drive. One lucky donor will score use of the Condors Legend Suite with a great view of all the game action for 18 people, AND the opportunity to drop the puck before the game on Houchin Night, Tuesday March 28th. Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy luxurious accommodations, including a ride up the private elevator and no-host waiter/waitress service. The grand prize winner will be drawn on Friday, March 24th, so the lucky donor can plan their guest list. This is truly a “suite deal”!

The Condors are in play-off contention as March begins, so it’s a very exciting season. For a chance to win this family-friendly night out in Condorstown, just donate during this year’s Condors Out for Blood Drive from Friday, March 10th to Thursday March 23rd. Plus don’t forget, our Gold Club donors receive TWO entries for this fabulous prize. During the drive, every donor will receive a voucher good for a buy-one-get-one free ticket at any level for Houchin Night on March 28th against the Manitoba Moose. Be sure to visit our Houchin Booth before the game!

The Bakersfield Condors  have been treating families to a great night out for 19 years and their spirit for giving back to the community has not changed since becoming the Official AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, one step away from the NHL! They continue to sponsor annual favorites such as the Teddy Bear Toss for less fortunate kids, and make public appearances at special events all over town. The Condors understand the importance of supporting a community that supports them. Go Condors!

St. Patrick’s Day is Granite Gold

Granite Construction will sponsor our annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration, the Pot o’ Gold Blood Drive at both donor centers from 9 am to 6 pm on Friday, March 17th. This is the sixth year Granite Construction has generously sponsored the event. We have lots of fun planned to include special decor, sandwiches and treats, and a prize drawing.  While supplies last, every donor gets to pick a St. Patrick’s Day Rubber Duckie for a chance at riches, since prizes will include California Lottery Scratchers. Two grand prize winners of $50 in cash will be drawn from all donors who enter, one winner from each donor center! Wear green and bring your own pint!

Participating in blood drives to celebrate the holiday is a nationwide effort for Granite Construction. Since 1922, Granite has continued a commitment to its clients at the private, local, state and federal level, providing award-winning construction services in mining, earthwork, water/sewer, power, tunneling, rail, highway and bridge construction. Granite also produces construction materials, such as sand, gravel, ready-mix, recycled asphalt product and asphalt concrete. As one of the largest diversified heavy civil contractors and construction materials producers in the United States, Granite strives to provide customers with the highest standards of quality, value, and service on every project.

granite-construction-squarelogo-1387305403388Granite is proud of its commitment to each community it touches, striving to cultivate an organization that “continuously strives to make a difference in our communities and the world.”  According to former CEO Bill Dorey: “As residents of the communities we work in, we are community minded and people oriented. We take pride in knowing that the facilities we help build will benefit our friends and families. We firmly believe that our time-tested philosophy of doing each job right the first time and providing good value to our customers is the true secret of our success. It made good sense a hundred years ago, and it makes good sense today—no matter how large or how small the project.”

We appreciate Granite’s annual support of our St. Patrick’s Day Pot o’ Gold Blood Drive!

Donate for a Clean House this Spring

The Executives’ Association of Kern County Monthly Prize for March is $500 in services from MaidPro Bakersfield. All March donors will automatically be entered to win this great prize. Who doesn’t want some help with Spring Cleaning? Make plans to donate this month to enter, plus all donors can receive a coupon for $25 off a first service with MaidPro at registration.

MaidPro Bakersfield is locally owned and operated by Paul Campanario, who prides himself on working with you to build a cleaning plan which is tailored to your needs, home and budget. His great cleaning professionals are expertly trained to provide the highest quality clean for every home they touch. MaidPro offers a 49-Point Checklist™ as their signature service which ensures each customer’s entire home will be cleaned, top to bottom.

Additionally, because MaidPro believes that everyone should have a clean and healthy home, they make sure the products, tools and processes used are in the best interest of our planet and every customer whose lives are touched. Estimates can be given right over the phone, and employees are bonded and insured.  MaidPro services come with a Re-Cleaning Guarantee to ensure customer satisfaction, so give Paul a call today at 661-249-6150 to get started on a clean house. You can also check out the latest from MaidPro Bakersfield on their Facebook page.




Send in a New Donor for Rusty’s

Rustys Large Pizza for You and a Friend

Rusty’s Large Pizza for You and a Friend

Our great friends at Rusty’s Pizza Parlor have heard our calls for additional donors at both donor centers and decided to do something about it for a fourth year. Throughout March 2017, donors, and friends of Houchin who can’t donate, can send in or bring in a new donor, and both will receive a coupon for a delicious FREE two item large pizza! All you have to do to take part is pick up as many “Send a Friend” forms as you need at either donor center, or download the form here. 

Just fill in the top part for yourself, and have your new donor fill in the bottom and turn it in when they donate. Each of you will receive your free pizza coupons in the mail directly from Rusty’s. The coupons are good through May 31, 2017 at any of Rusty’s nine convenient locations.

Rusty's LogoThis is a fabulous opportunity to earn a free large pizza for yourself, while you help us find more new donors. And that’s not all! You can recommend more than one new donor to us for additional free pizza coupons!  This fantastic opportunity is only available during March, so start planning who you can ask to become a new donor today!

People often report they have never donated blood because they weren’t asked.  Here is a great chance to change that by asking people to become donors this month.
Since its beginning in 1969 in the Santa Barbara area, Rusty’s Pizza has been involved in the community with a strong emphasis on children through school programs, youth organizations and a number of community engagement projects.

We just cannot thank Rusty’s Pizza of Bakersfield enough for their ongoing support of our mission to provide a safe and adequate blood supply for Kern County.  Regular donors are familiar with the free individual pizza coupons offered quarterly each year and on all high school drives. Now, through this generous “Send a Friend” offer, Rusty’s is helping us reach new donors through a network of friends like you, so send in your new donors today!

YELP Tote Bag Offer

Just donate and get a free limited edition JUST DONATE Tote Bag when you mention YELP Tote Bag at the Appointments Desk in the Canteen.  We hope to see you get yours while supplies last. You will really appreciate this big sturdy tote now that grocery shopping requires a reusable bag.  Get yours today!

Charlie’s Full Heart Campaign

Charlie is an active two year old thanks to blood donors like you. She was born with Hypo-Plastic Left Heart Syndrome, or only half a heart. She has needed blood products to survive numerous surgeries to keep her heart working as she grows. Her next surgery is scheduled for July 2017, the month of her 3rd birthday.

To celebrate Charlie’s life and upcoming birthday, as well as draw attention to the fact that heart surgeries of all kinds require blood products, we want to collect 3,333 blood and platelet donations during February for Heart Month.  That’s quite a goal for us, but with your help we can make it! We will keep you posted on our progress to give Charlie a “full heart” as February progresses. We hoped to be halfway to the goal on Valentine’s Day, and we were with 1,653 blood products collected! Charlie and other heart surgery patients deserve the chance at life your donations provide, so please plan a February donation if you are eligible.

To reach our goal of a “full heart”, people will need to come in all month. It will take about 105 blood donors and 20 platelet and plasma donors each of our 23 collection days to make the goal., so don’t wait!

Charlie will be hosting a one day blood drive with her family on Saturday, February 25, at the Bolthouse Donor Center from 8 am to 2 pm.  Feel free to stop by and meet Charlie around lunch time.  Here is why the family is working with us on this month long drive according to Charlie’s mother, Joslyn:

On July 1, 2014 Charlie was born missing the left side of her heart. At just six days old she had her first of 3 needed life saving open heart surgeries. Her 2nd open heart surgery was when she was 5 months and over the past 2.5 years she has had 6 other surgical procedures. Blood donation has become a very important part of Charlie’s journey, she has had more blood transfusions than most and with her 3rd open heart surgery coming up this July we are honored to be able to do a blood drive in honor of her at Houchin Blood Bank. With each open heart surgery Charlie needs 2-6 units of blood and platelets, and depending on her recovery could require more transfusions after. Blood donation is a vital part in insuring that Charlie has a bright future and the best possible odds for recovery.

You can RSVP for the Saturday event on Facebook at Hearts for Charlie, but come in any time all month that’s convenient so we can make our goal of a Full Heart for Charlie.

National Popcorn Day Celebration

Join Reading Cinemas Valley Plaza 16 to celebrate National Popcorn Day with us from 11 am to 7 pm on Thursday, January 19, 2017. The public is invited to save lives by donating blood, platelets, or plasma for the opportunity to win two Reading Cinemas movie tickets. Four pairs of tickets will be available for the drawing, two at each donor center. Reading Cinemas will also be providing free popcorn, and we’ll have hot dogs all day at both locations.

The majority of the nation’s blood banks have declared states of emergency due to low donations in the past weeks.  Donations have been affected by donor illnesses and large scale mobile drive cancellations due to bad weather throughout the nation. It is crucial that we collect enough blood, platelets and plasma for our own local patient transfusion needs at this time. Donors with O+, O-, A+, A-, B+ and B- blood are urged to come in as soon as possible.  Type AB blood donors are needed for their universally accepted platelets and plasma and should call 661-616-2505 for an appointment or more information.

Potential donors with any concern about their eligibility are urged to call and ask for a screener so they can be assured of their ability to donate in a private consultation.  There are only a few health conditions and medications that keep someone from donation, so the public is urged to find out if they are eligible to save lives now when we need them most.

Three Women Saved by Donors

Christina, Kathy and Cindy were all patients who needed blood products to survive. Watch their compelling video stories below. More patients like them need blood, platelets and plasma every day to live, and these life saving products can only come from volunteer donors like you. Please help us meet the ongoing challenges of having exactly what patients need on hand by donating during this giving season.

Please help! Even if you don’t know your blood type, get started with our lifesaving mission today. Call 661-616-2540 or fill in the form below. People live when people give.

Blood Drives Save Lives

IMG_9403Have you ever considered hosting a blood drive?  We organize them with businesses, schools, churches, clubs, organizations and special events.  We can come to you, or you can come to us!  Small groups are encouraged to form groups of 8 to give a gallon at a time through our Gr8 Givers Gallon Club at the donor centers.  Some groups and individuals host parties or in donor center drives with us for just a few up people on up to 100 people.

burroughs-high-schoolTo bring a bus to you, you need at least 35 willing donors committed to making a donation. We provide you with all the donation eligibility information and a sign up sheet to get started. Once you have sufficient sign ups, we work with you to secure a date, develop any printed or e-mail materials you may need, and support your efforts to host a successful drive. Such drives are a major factor in locating new donors throughout Kern County.

Just give Community Development a call at 661-616-2500 and we’d be happy to work with you to save more lives in Kern County.