KJSD Hosts Blood Drive for Brooklyn

Brooklyn is 16 years old and just finished her sophomore year at Nederland High School. She is a Westernaire and takes dance classes at Keely Jardell School of Dance.

Following a recent car accident, Brooklyn received blood at St. Elizabeth Hospital that saved her life. To show their appreciation and replenish what she used, Brooklyn’s family wanted to host a blood drive in their community. Children’s Miracle Network in Southeast Texas reached out to LifeShare Blood Centers and Keely Jardell Dance Studio to host a blood drive.

When asked if she would be willing to host the drive at her studio, Keely Jardell said, “it was an easy decision to say yes. I wanted to help the Dunkleberger’s because they are part of our dance family and we wanted to help our family. Brooklyn is involved in several classes at KJSD as well as a part of the nationally ranked competition team. We spread the word [about the blood drive] among our dance family and her drill team family through social media and putting up flyers in the area.” After hearing about Brooklyn’s accident, “so many people wanted to know what they could do to help” and a blood drive was a great way for them to get involved.

At the blood drive, Keely provided snacks while Bill Jardell and Chris Smith cooked links for everyone who attended. Keely says, “We thought this would be a great way for people to enjoy food as they waited for their turn [to give blood]. In return, several people made donations to the Dunkleberger family, which can help them with food and gas as they travel back and forth [to the hospital].” Thanks to the incredible efforts the Jardells put into helping Brooklyn and her family, the LifeShare blood drive was an overwhelming success! Jay Jacobs at LifeShare Blood Centers was thrilled with the results. “The summer time is one of the most critical times for our blood supply. So, having a drive with such a huge turnout like this one, really boosts our blood levels and helps to ensure we are well prepared,” says Jay. “It is so important for our hospitals to be prepared for any emergency situation. Every donation has the potential to save three lives, and you absolutely never know when tragedy is going to strike.”

“I think so many people were willing to donate because it was a way they could help. Brooklyn is so young and, of course, people have offered continual prayers, but so may people wanted to do more. It is wonderful to see such love and support in the community for a family in need,” says Keely. “Brooklyn used large amount of blood,” says Jay. Having donations in her name can help her family cover hospital costs for the transfusions. It was also a great way for the family to turn a tragic situation into something very positive.”

On behalf of the Dunklebergers, thank you to everyone who came out and supported them by donating blood! Special thanks to Jay Jacobs for coordinating the blood drive and to Keely Jardell for hosting the event and making sure it was successful. If you were unable to donate blood at this event, you can still give blood in honor of Brooklyn at any LifeShare blood drive by mentioning her name.


Comments for KJSD Hosts Blood Drive for Brooklyn

  1. As grandparents of Brooklyn Dunkleberger, we would like to double the “thank you” to all the wonderful contributors of their blood in honor of Brooklyn. Because of our age and health issues and not being able to donate blood ourselves, it means so much to us of the response of all you who were able to give in Brooklyn’s behalf. Again, we say “Thank you” and God bless all of you.
    Gordon & Billie

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