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Special Family Blood Drive in Ridgecrest

Hosting a blood drive is one of the best ways we know to inspire our community for the greater good. Community members host blood drives for many different reasons whether to honor a loved one, bring awareness about a medical condition, or simply wanting to make a difference. The Canfield family of Ridgecrest, is hosting a special blood drive on Friday, May 5th from 11 am to 4 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ-LDS in Ridgecrest to honor a son they lost a few Continue reading →

The Return of the Battle of the Bay

The Kern County Raiders Booster Club is organizing their 5th annual blood drive along with the Kern County Niner Empire, Bakersfield Raider Nation Club, and Thee Empire Faithful SF 49er Booster Club. We call it Kern County’s Battle of The Bay Blood Drive. These clubs are all coming together for a common goal: to save lives in their community! Support your favorite football team by donating blood, platelets or plasma on Saturday, April 22, 2017. All donors that day, at either donor center, will be entered Continue reading →

March Donor of the Month

Stallion Springs is a close-knit community where everyone cares about each other. So it’s no surprise that their blood drives average 30 or more donors. The success of the blood drives is due to the unquestionably hard work of the Stallion Springs CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). They have helped organized the Stallion Springs community blood drives since 2012. The CERT program is designed to alleviate some of the pressure on first responders during a major disaster such as fire, flood or even a major spill Continue reading →

Thanks a Gallon Recognition Event

Without blood donors, many patients simply would not be alive today. Some donors have made it their mission to help save lives repeatedly. Year after year, we have donors committed to doing their part to help patients in need, with an amazing dedication that never waivers. As a special thank you to our dedicated donors reaching milestones on Friday, November 27, 2015, we will be hosting a special event in their honor. Join us at either donor center for our Thanks a Gallon social event. Continue reading →

Great Event at Souza Family Vineyards!

Thanks to our tiny four-legged celebrity bartender, AbbeNormal, her amazing owner Loree Gracey and Souza Family Vineyards, we launched an outreach campaign to raise awareness about our need for more platelet donors. On October 4, 2015, Abbe, Loree, plus Bob and Patty Souza hosted a wonderful Celebrity Bartender Event to raise financial support and awareness for the increasing need for platelets by patients nationwide. Platelets are used to counteract the effects of chemotherapy, to help ready a patient for surgery, and with any clotting disorder or trauma Continue reading →

Local Business Supporting Our Veterans

Blood drive sponsors play a vital role by hosting drives in our community. We appreciate local family-owned Vacusweep for sponsoring our Veterans Day Blood Drive for a second year. Vacusweep supports our troops in many ways: by sending packages overseas to our soldiers, honoring them by wearing red shirts on Fridays, and partnering with us on Veterans Day. A family member’s story is what spurred Owner/Operator JR Jones to sponsor two $100 VISA gift cards that two lucky Veterans Day donors will win on Wednesday, November 11th. JR’s son Jeff, proudly Continue reading →

Military Moms to the Rescue!

In honor of Veterans Day, Kern River Blue Star Moms will be hosting their third annual blood drive from November 9 through November 14, 2015. Both donor centers will serve as collection points for goods to go into care packages for our troops currently serving overseas. These care packages symbolizes “a taste of home” to sons and daughters serving around the world. According to Candace Macias, President of the Kern River Blue Star Moms, ” the Kern River Blue Star Moms are committed to serving our community, and Continue reading →

Featured October Donor of the Month

Claire Frisch is well-known for her upbeat personality and selflessness. No matter how small the task maybe, Claire never skips a beat when it comes to her philanthropic responsibilities in our community. Although turning 85 this October, Claire is an active volunteer in our community. Claire has been an avid blood donor and volunteer for many years, but at one point, she needed to put a pause on donating because she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Even at a young age, Claire always had compassion to Continue reading →

A Week of Remembrance

The anniversary of 9/11 is a great time to ask if there is enough blood on the shelf right now to save lives in Kern County.This year marks the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and we are organizing a Week of Remembrance blood drive beginning Tuesday, September 8th through Friday, September 11th. This blood drive is to honor all first responders, including those who lost their lives on 9/11. Donors donating during the Week of Remembrance blood drive will be entered to win a Continue reading →

Featured September Donor of the Month

Alan Pippert is not your average 18 year old. Besides being an avid volunteer at the CALM zoo, and maintaining a part-time job, he is working towards obtaining his pilot’s license, and aspiring to be an aerospace engineer.  Alan is also a dedicated blood donor. On May 29, 2013, the day of Alan’s 16th birthday, he walked into the blood bank with his family to donate blood, “because of my mom, I grew up with the idea of the importance of donating, that it’s just a Continue reading →