Get In The Groove Summer T-Shirts

T-shirts are back! Starting June 30th, “Get in the Groove” and save lives this summer with our surf-inspired t-shirt. Donate blood, platelets, or plasma during the month of July and receive your own! Our t-shirts are always popular with donors, so make your appointments as soon as you can. Once you have this limited edition Houchin donor t-shirt, wear it with pride knowing that you have given back to our community; and while you’re at it post a photo of yourself, showing off your donor Continue reading →

Bankers out for Blood Week June 25th – June 30th

During our 12th Annual Community Wide Blood Drive we’ve challenged different local financial banks to raise awareness about the need and importance of blood donation. Summertime sees a huge drop in the number of donors who walk through our doors. We reach out to our community to alert them of the shortage of blood products as a result of it. Many factors have caused this shortage but nothing more than the globally decreasing number of new donors. This month of June was geared towards making Continue reading →

Today Cleaners Blood Drive June 18th-23rd

Houchin Community Blood Bank partnered with Today Cleaners as part of our 12th Annual Community Wide Blood Drive! Come donate from June 18th through June 23rd to receive a $5 off coupon towards any service! Additionally, every day we will draw a $50 Today Cleaners gift card and at the end of the week one lucky winner will be drawn for a $250 Today Cleaner’s gift card!

Senator Jean Fuller names Houchin Community Blood Bank Nonprofit of the Year

Amazing News! On California Nonprofits Day, Senator Jean Fuller named Houchin Community Blood Bank as Senate District 16’s Nonprofit of the Year 2018, and recognized our contributions to the communities we serve at a ceremony hosted by the California Association of Nonprofits in Sacramento. Houchin Community Blood Bank has been serving Kern County for 67 years, collecting and providing a precious supply of blood for the residents of our communities. The blood collected from volunteer donors is manufactured into multiple products, including red blood cells, Continue reading →

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 →