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 →

iGive So Others Live. Resolve to Get Fit and Save Lives!

Blood donation can be part of an ongoing healthy lifestyle. Not only do blood products save lives every day in hospitals county wide, but volunteer donors benefit from the “mini physical” they receive each time they donate. From the blood pressure check to the finger stick to the cholesterol results, each of these tests helps ensure a healthy person is donating for others. In an effort to encourage blood donation during National Blood Donor Month, Kern Family Health Care is once again offering a great, health-enhancing Continue reading →

January is Rusty’s Pizza Month

What better way to celebrate the New Year and National Blood Donor Month than by picking up a coupon for a free individual cheese or pepperoni pizza when you save lives with us during January.  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 Continue reading →

National Blood Donor Month 2018

January has been celebrated as National Blood Donor Month since 1970, to recognize the importance of giving blood, platelets, and plasma while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need. We encourage people to join us as lifesaving blood, platelet and plasma donors.  These products cannot be manufactured, they can only come from willing volunteers.  January donors will receive a coupon for a free individual pizza from Rusty’s Pizza and can enter to win a monthly drawing for one of four Apple iWatch Series 2 courtesy of Kern Continue reading →

Sweetheart Package EAKC Prize

January’s Executives’ Association of Kern County Monthly Donor Prize is a Sweetheart Package, sponsored by Tim Kounter, Placement Service Director with Bakersfield Senior Placement. This exciting donor prize is a complete gift from the heart for someone special featuring gift certificates for the following: $100 for dinner out at Cafe Med $100 with Massage by Karen $100 with Log Cabin Florist  $200 gift card to Stockdale Jewelers Wouldn’t that make for a great date with that special someone? All January donors will automatically be entered to win.  The winner Continue reading →

2017 EAKC Drawing Thanks!

Thanks to the generous support of the Executives’ Association of Kern County, or EAKC, every month in 2017 donors were entered to win a great prize. Fun prizes and drawings can help us attract new donors and encourage a donor to come back. The monthly winners of the EAKC prizes and their sponsors are featured in the photos below. For December, Skinsation provided a fabulous gift basket of services and supplies designed to help create a New You in the New Year! The basket is Continue reading →

Sweet Deals for December Donations

Thanks to local businessman, Medhat Habashy, we have some Sweet Deals for your donation in December! All December donors will receive a coupon for 50% off a Frozen Yogurt and Coffee Drinks at Scoops and Swirls, 5613 Calloway Drive, suite 500.  Plus, all first time December donors who give at either of Houchin’s two donor centers will receive an additional coupon for 50% off a Frozen Yogurt at Tutti Frutti on Stockdale in the Town and Country Shopping Center. Using these coupons will provide a Continue reading →

Holiday Accident Tragic for Family

It was Friday, November 24, the day after Thanksgiving, at 8:54 pm when we noticed a significant drop in our dwindling stock of O negative blood and posted this message to social media: “Tonight our O- red blood cell supply has dipped into the danger zone. Perhaps it is due to the terrible accident at 99 and Taft Highway tonight leaving a young woman and child severely injured, and one child dead. This is exactly the kind of sudden change in our blood supply we Continue reading →

Hit by Truck, Young Mother Saved by Blood Donations

It was October 19, 2005, and Shelby Steel and her daughter were on their way to a birthday party in Tehachapi when their Nissan Altima was struck in an intersection by a pickup truck.  The truck driver had been drinking and was speeding. Two-year-old Mayela Rose was tucked in her booster seat in the back seat and escaped unharmed, but Shelby almost died of her injuries, needing 4 units of red blood cells to survive. She says: “Blood donors saved my life!” At the time of Continue reading →

Mother’s Loss to Cancer Inspires Nurse

Yaneth Flores lost her mother to breast cancer, but not without a fight aided by transfusions of blood products.  Esmeralda Gomez was only 39 years old when she lost her battle to survive. She was a beloved mother, daughter, aunt and wife, and the center of a large family.  Esmeralda was visited by her family throughout her late stage cancer fight, and the long hours with her mother, and the Kern Medical staff,  inspired Yaneth to want to be a nurse. Yaneth was able to Continue reading →