Dozens of DynCorp International team members in Fort Worth, Texas, joined together to help the north Texas area by holding a winter blood drive on January 27, 2012. One pint of blood can save up to three lives, so donations from the drive will benefit more than 120 people! DI sponsored the event with Hillwood and Tarrant County Community Colleges in accordance with National Blood Donor Month.
All donations directly benefit North Texas residents, collected through Carter BloodCare.
“We are proud to work with Carter BloodCare and have the chance to directly benefit the community here in Texas. It’s always refreshing to see how many people come out to the drives we hold each year and participate,” said Amy Jones, administrative specialist and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) ambassador at DynCorp International.
Carter BloodCare was founded in 1998 by the merger of two local blood centers, making Carter BloodCare Texas’ largest blood center. In April 2007, Carter BloodCare also merged with Tyler, Texas-based Stewart Regional Blood Center. Together, they provide more than 330,000 units of lifesaving blood to North Central and East Texas each year.
Carter BloodCare is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that operates on behalf of patients and their loved ones in 54 Texas counties.
January is National Blood Donor Month
Since 1970, January has been known as National Blood Donor Month. January is a challenging time for blood donation because winter weather and busy post-holiday schedules can make it difficult for blood donors to keep appointments. Regardless of the time of year, hospital patients nationwide need about 44,000 blood donations daily for cancer care, surgeries, and the treatment of serious diseases and trauma. Just one pint of blood can help save up to three lives.
Blood donation organizations encourage donors to make and keep appointments during National Blood Donor month and hold events such as winter blood drives to support donation efforts.
Last August, DynCorp International participated in a similar event in Falls Church, Va., the “Give the Gift of Life” blood drive, operated by Inova Blood Donor Services.
A blood mobile was on site as DI employees contributed to the largest hospital-based blood-collection operation in the country.
The DynCorp International values that are applied daily to job performance – We Serve, We Care, We Empower, We Perform, We Do the Right Thing – are also values that are carried into the communities where DI lives and works. Employing tens of thousands of people around the world provides DI with unique opportunities to give back through philanthropic donations, local training programs and hands-on volunteer work.