Author Archives: Carola Enriquez

News from Houchin

Spread the word! This year we anticipate a number of exciting changes. 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 year wait period has kept many people from donating, and we look forward to seeing those donors back in and saving lives. If you have been deferred for tattoos in the past, you may now be eligible to give. We will be rolling Continue reading →

Grand Fiesta for Lucky Donor

Thanks to locally owned Explorer Travel & Tours, all February donors will be automatically entered to win a fabulous stay at the Hotel Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta. Agency Owner Leland Davis says he is very excited to be able to offer 4 days and three nights for two at this exciting adults only hotel. This wonderful prize is the Executives’ Association of Kern Countymonthly prize. The Hotel Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta features majestic views, world-class fine dining and exceptional personalized service at a stylish beachfront all-inclusive resort in Mexico. Secluded in Continue reading →

Kids Born with Half a Heart

You probably remember our delightful friend Charlie, who celebrated her third birthday with us by hosting a month long blood drive with her family. They encouraged 3,333 blood product donations during February 2017 in advance of an impending heart surgery for Charlie.  She went through that successful surgery on May 30th, and is back to her active little self. Your can follow her progress at Hearts for Charlie. While Charlie was born missing the left side of her heart, her friend Brave Baby Ben was Continue reading →

March Donor: Anna Gomez

Anna Gomez recently donated her 44th pint with us, and proudly sports her 4 gallon club license plate frame around Orange County, where she is now working a job she loves in quality control with a food company.  She has donated with the blood bank where she lives now, but always donates with us when she is visiting her parents. “It feels like community” with us she says. Anna did share that she enjoyed the online appointment scheduling at her OC blood bank, and was Continue reading →

Sal Needs Blood and a Match

Sal Rivera is fighting for his life against a reoccurrence of a rare leukemia. He and his family are very thankful for the blood and platelet donations keeping him alive right now, as he undergoes chemotherapy prior to a bone marrow transplant. He is going through a lot of O- blood and platelets now trying to keep his strength up. Sal, and his wife Kacie,want to be sure there are enough of the products he is using, not just for himself, but for everyone fighting cancer. We Continue reading →

Local Mom Hosts Drive Before Due Date

Desiree Kingston almost never met her newborn son, David. She nearly died after delivering him requiring many, many blood, plasma and platelet donations. Desiree has always been grateful for the many units of blood products that were available to save her life.  Only recently has she had the strength to reach out to Houchin to offer to help us encourage others to donate.  She says she couldn’t until now:  “I think I was still processing how close I came to dying before.” You can make Continue reading →

Help Us Earn a New Bus!

H&R Block has offered the Houchin Community Blood Bank Foundation an opportunity to raise funds toward a much needed new mobile bus to replace our oldest one through their Nonprofit Referral Service, from January 1 through April 30.  Each donor, or friend of Houchin, who becomes a new client of H&R Block next year can earn us $20.00! All you have to do is present a code at the time of service. The code is provided on slips in the canteens, or on this form you can download Continue reading →

Sweet Deals for December Donations

Thanks to local businessman, Medhat Habashy, we have some Sweet Deals for your donation in December! All December donors will receive a coupon for 50% off a Frozen Yogurt and Coffee Drinks at Scoops and Swirls, 5613 Calloway Drive, suite 500.  Plus, all first time December donors who give at either of Houchin’s two donor centers will receive an additional coupon for 50% off a Frozen Yogurt at Tutti Frutti on Stockdale in the Town and Country Shopping Center. Using these coupons will provide a Continue reading →

Holiday Accident Tragic for Family

It was Friday, November 24, the day after Thanksgiving, at 8:54 pm when we noticed a significant drop in our dwindling stock of O negative blood and posted this message to social media: “Tonight our O- red blood cell supply has dipped into the danger zone. Perhaps it is due to the terrible accident at 99 and Taft Highway tonight leaving a young woman and child severely injured, and one child dead. This is exactly the kind of sudden change in our blood supply we Continue reading →

Houchin Hero T-shirt for Two Weeks

This year’s annual winter t-shirt will be offered at the two donor centers from December 18-30 in 2017.  They will also be available on specific community drives throughout Kern County outside those dates, so call 616-2505 for more information and an appointment to donate. The ongoing cost of providing t-shirts by the thousands has proven cost prohibitive to our nonprofit organization. The theme of the shirt this year recognizes that Houchin Heroes “Light up a Life” by being blood, platelet or plasma donors. We hope Continue reading →