Community leaders take their job seriously. They are dedicated to working in various ways and doing whatever they can to give back. One of those leaders is Ann Farmer, Community Resource Commissioner for Tarrant County. Ann has been a part of Tarrant County’s blood drives since 2001 and has been coordinating Carter BloodCare drives since 2012. This year, Ann is taking her passion for giving life even further.
In Tarrant County, the people in leadership roles truly believe in setting an example for their community that involves giving back. As a daughter, sister, and mother of surgeons, Ann Farmer knows how serious the requirement for blood and organ donations are and how often it may be needed. “We could wake up tomorrow with leukemia and in need of blood. We don’t have guarantees. So it’s good to wake up and know that you did something for others that can turn around to benefit you and people you know.” To Ann, there is nothing more rewarding than giving back in ways people truly appreciate.
This February, Ann is doing a huge push to bring everyone in the community together to give. “I wanted to make a connected effort to have everyone in the county push in the same direction. When you’re spread as far as we are in Tarrant County, people tend not to connect as well.” On February 11, Ann is working to put on the first ever Tarrant County’s Big Give. Throughout the entire county, there will be seven different Carter BloodCare blood drives all at once! In addition, Tarrant County will be doing a push for organ donations to go hand in hand with the need for blood. “It’s difficult for people in the outer cities to make it to downtown Fort Worth for the drives we usually host, so this is our way to continue the fall and winter spirit of giving into the new year and really give everyone a chance to give back,” says Ann. To Ann, giving blood is one of the best ways to give back to your community.
Ann has always done what she can to spread the word about her community’s blood drives. One year, she hosted a drive during Carter BloodCare’s time of need in August in downtown Fort Worth. Ann had a radio station broadcast from the drive to get even more people excited to give. That day, her drive collected more than 100 units of blood. At each drive she hosts, Ann sees law enforcement officers, health department officials, and more county government employees show up to give back to the community they serve. “One guy in the health department will line up before the drive is even open just so he knows he can give for others.”
Ann is excited for all the opportunities in 2016 to give back. “I love the new #GiveForLife campaign because giving blood is not only for the recipient. It is in a way healing for the giver and the community as a whole. We all belong to the human race, and it is so easy to give blood. It is one of the simplest ways to be there for others when they really need it.”