Children’s Health is the first pediatric hospital in Texas with a designated Level 1 Trauma Center. With four locations across the DFW Metroplex, Children’s Health provides all kinds of life-saving services to children in need of care. Jennifer Packard, Supervisor of Transfusion and Tissue Services for Children’s Health Dallas has been acting as the Children’s Health blood drive coordinator since adopting the responsibility from her predecessor in September 2013, and she has loved every minute of helping to collect close to 2,000 donations at more than 50 drives.
As part of a committee of approximately 20 professionals, Jennifer leads her team in coordinating and promoting upcoming blood drives at all four Children’s Health locations. She and her team get everyone excited about upcoming drives through internal communications to staff and promotional activities. In the few days prior to each drive, Jennifer and her team set up tables to get people to sign up to give and answer any questions donors might have.
Jennifer does her part to make each drive unique. From raffles with fun prizes, to having actual clowns step up to give blood (and lighten spirits), she knows how to make saving lives fun. With each drive, she and her committee even set up donor spotlights to honor the donors who have given for their first time, reached their 40 gallon mark, and other milestones. “We even have a girl who runs the night shift drives that walks around the hallways with a Carter BloodCare banner to recruit donors,” says Jennifer. At the end of the day, there isn’t anything she and her team won’t try to get more people to sign up to donate.
Having worked in transfusion services for a few years, Jennifer sees the importance blood plays in saving children’s lives each day. “It’s very important to me to recruit donors so we have enough blood for the community and for the patients in our care.” When Carter BloodCare doesn’t have enough blood, Jennifer can’t provide for the patients at Children’s Health. “We use a lot of blood each day for our patients, so making sure Carter BloodCare is fully stocked is so important to us.”
To Jennifer, donating is one of the easiest things people can do to save lives and give back to the community. “We need more people to give blood. More importantly though, it would be great if we could get more people to host blood drives in more locations throughout North Texas. Supporting Carter BloodCare’s mission is something everyone in the community should be a part of.”
If you know a great blood drive coordinator, please email BookABloodDrive@carterbloodcare.org to nominate them for our next Drive Coordinator Spotlight!