On October 3, 2012 the City of Coppell employee group was recognized by Carter BloodCare as its Gold Premier Partner for 2011. At an annual awards luncheon in Addison the regional blood drive coordinator for Carter BloodCare, Ellen Dinkins, presented the plaque to Rhonda Adloo, the City’s drive coordinator. Ms. Adloo has coordinated drives for the employee group since 2001.
Ken Griffin, Director of Engineering and Public Works, began scheduling annual blood drives for the employees in 1992. From a once-a-year tradition, this volunteer opportunity has grown to three times per year – March, July and October. Active participation by employees is encouraged and rewarded, both by the City and by Carter BloodCare. “There are many benefits to being a blood donor; the best is the feeling of helping the community in a very personal way – literally giving of yourself,” according to Ms. Adloo.
The City offers points for its Wellness Program and one chance in a day-off drawing for employee donors. Carter BloodCare has a Great Rewards program that entitles donors to giveaways and contests for tickets to entertainment venues in the area. In addition, the blood donation is like a “mini-checkup,” providing cholesterol and blood pressure measurements among other health-related information. The Carter website has a variety of ways to educate donors and potential donors about the process.
The community at large is also encouraged to participate, as the drives are well-publicized and walk-in donors are welcome. The Coppell Chamber of Commerce is offering its organizing expertise by opening the advertising to its members and encouraging their participation.
Carter BloodCare provides blood products to hospitals and healthcare facilities in a 57 county region of North Texas. The need for blood is so great that 11,000 donor units per day are required to meet the demand. “We are so proud to be able to help Carter BloodCare with its mission to provide a life-giving gift to the community,” said Ms. Adloo.
Press release courtesy of the City of Coppell.