Author Archives: Michelle Moreno

Rusty’s Pizza Month is Back

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 is an amazing commitment to recognizing our blood donors unmatched in the industry! Since its beginning, Rusty’s has been involved in the community with a strong emphasis on children through school programs and youth organizations. Continue reading →

10th Annual Community Wide Blood Drive

The 10th Annual Community Wide Blood Drive takes place from Friday, July 29 to Saturday, August 13, 2016 to make sure there is enough blood for our patients during the last month of summer vacation. Thanks to our presenting sponsors San Joaquin Community Hospital and Kaiser Permanente, donors at the blood bank and on all mobile drives will be entered to win a Grand Prize Disney Vacation, as well as 10 days of $100 COOL Cash giveaways during the drive! According to Jimmy Phillips, Executive Director Marketing/Communications, San Continue reading →

July Donor of the Month

Like most military men, Randy Greenlee donated his first pint of blood while serving in the 82nd Airborne Infantry. He never realized the kind of impact his blood donation had on patients in need until his father got sick. In 1985, Randy’s father was rushed to the hospital, because his kidneys were failing. For the next few months, Randy would go from Bakersfield to Santa Barbara everyday to watch his father go through over 300 units of red cells. Looking for a way to help, Randy Continue reading →

5th Annual Two Tickets to Paradise

Grab you sunhat and flip flops, the Two Tickets to Paradise Blood Drive returns for a fifth year, thanks to our sponsor, SC Communications, Inc. Donors that visit one of our donor centers or mobile drives between Monday, July 11 to Saturday, July 23, can enter to win a taste of “Island Time” with a vacation for two to Catalina Island, an island paradise perfect for relaxation or adventure, or a little of both. Just an hour’s time from the mainland, Catalina Island has clear blue sunny Continue reading →

COLD Cash For a HOT July

With the summer heat hitting its peak, wouldn’t you love some help with that mounting energy bill? Or, maybe you’d prefer a weekend getaway to a cooler climate. One lucky July donor will win the Executives’ Association of Kern County Monthly Prize which is $500 in COLD CASH thanks to SC Communications, Inc. To enter simply roll up your sleeve and donate during July. SC Communications, Inc. has been an EAKC member for decades. The company prides itself on providing good quality communications, excellent service, Continue reading →

June Donor of the Month

As soon as Bob Kimble enters the building, he is greeted by smiles and hugs by the Houchin Staff. With 263 platelet donations and counting, Bob has become a familiar face at our donor centers. Bob first started donating blood when he was 28, while working as an intern for a local piping union. As a part of the internship, interns were required to go to school three times a week, but if they donated with Houchin they would be able to miss a day Continue reading →

May Donor Michaela Sims

In late 2013, Michaela Sims found herself sitting next to Joslynn Jarrett-Skelton, who, like herself, was pregnant with a little girl. Joslynn’s excitment did not match her own, because she had recently learned that her unborn little girl had Hypo-plastic Left Heart Syndrome. When Joslynn shared her story with Michaela, It changed her world as a future mother and blood donor. Michaela had always been encouraged by her mother, a 4 Gallon Donor, to donate, but her fear of needles prevented her from making the leap. Continue reading →

Gear Up For Summer with EAKC

With the last days of the school year upon us, summer vacation is on everyone’s mind. Let us help you prepare for your next beach trip. Just visit a donor center or mobile drive during May to automatically be entered to win the Executives’ Association of Kern County Monthly Drawing for $500 cash, sponsored by Mahalo Pool Care and Alcorn Aire, Inc! Mahalo Pool Care is a professional and reliable pool service company. This family owned business is completely in tune with pool owner needs and concerns. Continue reading →

Celebrate Freedom Week

From Saturday, May 21st through Saturday, May 28th, 2016 donors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite branch of the Armed Services during Freedom Week, our annual week-long celebration of our military. One lucky donor will win the Freedom Week Flyaway, a $2,000 travel voucher to a destination of your choice! The trip is sponsored by Setton Farms, the local producer of “America’s Best Tasting Pistachios”. Donors can enjoy a free kick-off BBQ on Saturday, May 21st from 10 am to 2 pm, sponsored by Continue reading →

Local Battle of the Bay Heats Up

The Bakersfield Black Hole Raiders Club is organizing their 4th annual blood drive along with the Kern County Niner Empire, Bakersfield Raider Booster 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, beginning Thursday, May 5 through Saturday, May 7, 2016. Donate during the drive and you’ll Continue reading →