It’s a windy Friday morning in November, and Delia Yzaguirre gets to work before the sun comes up. Never mind that it’s her day off. Today is blood drive day for Tarrant County employees, and someone has to unlock the room and put up the signs.
Delia has been working for the County for 13 years, although coordinating the group’s four annual blood drives has been part of her job, it’s also personal.
“When my daddy was diagnosed with cancer, I saw how blood brought him back to life and gave him another good year,” she recalls. “I thought about all those blood drives I had been a part of, and I realized, I’m one of those people we talk about!” Delia shares her story in hopes of motivating others to give.
And it is an easy group to motivate. Tarrant County employees have been hosting blood drives for over two decades. “We have very giving employees here,” she says. For the November drive, 62 people signed up. Delia predicted 20 more would walk in.
“That’s pretty normal for us. Our blood drives are like one giant party!”
“Delia knows how to spread the word about the blood drive, and tug at the hearts of potential donors when we need it most,” says Carter BloodCare Field Recruiter Alicia Todd. Delia herself admits that putting a face on the mission is something that works well. Of course, prizes and promotions never hurt. She’s also learned to “snag the new hires.” “I send flyers through our new employee orientation to let people know this is a great chance to give back.”
Roxana Orozco is one of those “snags.” She started working in Tarrant County’s Tuberculosis Unit two years ago. Soon after being hired, Roxana gave blood for the first time. And then there are long-termers like Craig Maxwell, who works in the Auditor’s Office and is also a 12-gallon donor. Craig first gave on the bus in 1996. “It’s always been my way of giving back,” he says.
Last August, Tarrant County employees teamed up with Fox Sports Southwest as part of their “Saving 1000” Friday blood drive. It was, again, like one giant party, and in the end, 130 employees gave blood.
And with November’s numbers added, Tarrant County employees have given a grand total of almost 8,000 units of lifesaving blood. Delia says it’s been a team effort. So thank you Tarrant County Commissioners Court, facilities, county personnel – and of course – thank you Delia!
Start planning the event that’s good for you and good for patients in your community! Give Carter BloodCare a call at 817-412-5384 and one of our consultants will walk you through planning and executing your blood drive. We will give you all the promotional materials you need for a turnkey blood drive that meets the safety guidelines of the FDA.
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