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!

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.

February Shopping Spree Prize

Thanks to the Tommy Hilfiger Store at the Outlets at Tejon, and our friends at the Executives’ Association of Kern County, we have a great prize for one lucky February donor.  February’s prize is a $300 Shopping Spree centered around a $125 Gift Card to the Tommy Hilfiger Store, plus the following items from EAKC members:

  • $100 CASH, Cathi Guerrero, Black and Sterling
  • $25 Starbucks Card, Susan Greer, Stockdale Country Club
  • $25 Gas Card, Friend of Houchin
  • $25 Subway Gift Card , Friend of Houchin

What a great prize to win just in time to do some spring shopping!

Houchin is a long time member of the EAKC, which prides itself on having only the best local businesses as members.  The full member directory is available here for download.

The friendly staff from Tommy Hilfiger at the Tejon Outlets, came into our Bolthouse Drive donor center to donate in January! Although they are not part of the EAKC, they were so excited about what we do here at Houchin they wanted to help make February extra fun for our donors and so provided the gift card to their store featuring one of the world’s leading designer lifestyle brands recognized for celebrating the essence of classic American cool style featuring “preppy with a twist” designs. EAKC members thought they’d support that wonderful prize with extra cash and cards to make the trip to the Outlets at Tejon a full day experience for the lucky winner.

We appreciate these business owners for supporting blood banking in our community by supporting the February EAKC Prize!

Give “Right From The Heart” Blood Drive

The crowd cheers as the lights dim and Blake Shelton walks on stage with a red guitar in his right hand, and with his left he points straight at you! If you want this experience for FREE, donate during our Give “Right From The Heart” Blood Drive from February 1st through the 14th. You can enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Blake Shelton Concert on February 16th at the Rabobank Arena. Don’t have a date, take a friend or family member. We can’t guarantee Blake will point right at you, but either way you will have a lot of fun!

Don’t forget that Gold Club donors can enter the drawing TWICE, so call ahead and make an appointment during the drive at 661-616-2505 or click here. You can donate at a mobile blood drive or either donor center to enter the drawing. So, what are you waiting for? Come on down and donate!



Give N Go with CSUB!

California State University Bakersfield’s Athletic’s Department is once again sponsoring the annual CSUB Give n Go Blood Drive to celebrate another great season of Division I Basketball. This year’s drive will be held from February 11th to 25th.

All donors can enter to win a $100 Visa Gift Card provided by the CSUB sports fans at Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, plus all donors will receive a voucher to attend a basketball game at the Icardo Center on campus. The Give N Go vouchers are good for any men’s or women’s basketball game between February 11 and March 4, 2017.  So that includes the Men’s games on February 11, 23, 25 or March 4, and the Women’s games on February 16 and 18, 2017. CSUB students and staff are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and make blood donation their New Year’s resolution. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to support our Runners!

5th Annual Jessica Ann Cooper Memorial Blood Drive

cooperjaWallace & Smith General Contractors are inviting their employees, subcontractors, suppliers and all who knew Jessica Ann Cooper to participate in the fifth annual Jessica Ann Cooper Memorial Blood Drive by donating blood at either donor center February, 27th and 28th. To participate, credit group code 970.

According to her father, Paul R. Cooper, Vice President, Wallace & Smith: “Jessica was a vibrant, talented and beautiful person both inside and out.  With her kind heart and infectious smile she could lift anyone when they were feeling low.  Sadly on February 28, 2002 her life was cut short and her vibrancy was dimmed too early.  Although she is not with us, her memory lives on today through many stories from those whose life she touched.   We have decided to honor her memory with the gift of life through a blood drive in her name. We ask that if she touched your life in one way or another, that you join us in giving the true gift of life at Houchin Community Blood Bank. Who knows whose life you may have an impact on, but we know that Jessica would be proud to see the good that is generated in her memory.”

Walk-ins are welcome at either donor center during the drive, but for an appointment call 661-616-2505 or click here.

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.