March Donor: Patrick Clary

Patrick Clary’s first time donating was on the day he applied for a job at Houchin Community Blood Bank. Patrick was hired in the distribution department shortly after and he has been saving lives ever since. Today he is the Manager of Materials and Blood Inventory here at Houchin.

Patrick gets on the trima machine to donate platelets frequently, especially on days when platelet appointments are low and the demand by hospitals is high. Patrick has donated 835 units of platelets and one gallon of whole blood. Patrick says, “I strongly believe that we must practice what we preach, this is one of the reasons I donate.  It doesn’t feel right for me to ask others to donate if I don’t do it myself.”

Patrick remembers a day when he noticed that the bag of platelets he was about to deliver to a local hospital was the very bag he donated just a couple of days earlier. When he delivered the bag he found out the recipient was a four year old boy battling cancer. Ten years later he found out that the boy survived! His donated platelets played a role in this little boy’s recovery.

Patrick urges people to remember that these donations save the lives of real people of all ages. He says, “If you wait, it may be too late.  It’s the blood that is on the shelves now that can save a life today. Don’t wait until a tragedy strikes to be compelled to donate, because by then it may be too late.” He wishes those able to donate would become regular donors. Those able to donate include people with controlled diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension, and other non-blood borne illnesses. As Patrick says, “In this world, we are all family, so let’s help each other out.”

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!

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!