Saving lives is magical

Join us for our 12th Annual Community Wide Blood Drive, June 6th – June 30th. There is no greater feeling, no greater pleasure, than knowing you have saved someone’s life.  With help from our fearless donors, Houchin Community Blood Bank has made life-saving blood products available for patients all over Kern County. With a National Shortage of platelets and blood supply, we reach out to our community to help keep our shelves full this summer. The 12th Annual Community Wide Blood Drive is an effort Continue reading →

Not Scared Of Needles Are You? Donate Blood!

In the past you may have walked onto one of our mobile buses or into one of our two donor centers ready to donate blood, gone through registration, and answered the health questionnaire, only to be turned away because you had gotten a tattoo recently.  Well, let us tell you those days are long gone! 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 Continue reading →

Give N Go with CSU Bakersfield!

California State University Bakersfield Athletics 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 3rd to 17th, 2018. 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 any game, any sport, at CSUB through May 31, 2018. CSUB alumni, students and staff Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

Price is Right for Donor Jack Hood

Jack Hood knew exactly how to get on the Price is Right:  make a t-shirt that said he was a 94-year-old blood and platelet donor at Houchin Community Blood Bank.  It worked! Jack will be appearing on the show airing January 5, 2018 at 10:00 am. His bright blue and pink shirt said: 94 YEARS OLD, Still Donating Blood to Houchin Blood Bank, Blood . . .22 Gallons, Platelets & Plasma . . .226. Jack really wanted to try to get on the popular show again, since he didn’t make Continue reading →