To create a memorable hotel stay
What we do
We provide a hotel stay and local experience in Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to celebrate a child’s medical discharge.
The stay will be placed at a partnering Hotel at no cost to the family. The experience includes the hotel stay, food and beverage, customized gifts for the patient and siblings and a local activity.
Patient must be 3 - 18 years of age
Patient must be receiving (or have recently completed) ongoing medical services or critical care treatment
Patient’s family must reside 30 miles or more away from DFW
Patient’s family must be referred by a partnering surgeon, healthcare team member or within the Operation Bliss network in order to be considered for the stay
For more information: Call Jessica Craycraft at 214-893-2497 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application and target a date of stay. The stay can be used 30 days before or after medical discharge date. Date options will be pending availability of hotel partners. The family information will remain confidential with Operation Bliss and the partnering hotel.
For as long as I can remember, hotels have captivated me. I love the excitement of entering a new hotel room, from the immaculately made bed to the tiny shampoo bottles. And let’s not forget the occasional customized amenity! Hotels are extraordinary.
My name is Jessica Craycraft and I am the founder of Operation Bliss. I worked in hotels for over 18 years and enjoyed being part of an industry that allowed me to serve others on a daily basis. I am married to an incredible man and have two amazing children.
Megan Milkavich currently works in the Business Services Team at Boston Consulting Group. With over a decade of professional experience in the hospitality field, Megan had a clear calling to love and serve others. Megan sought out opportunities to minister through church, schools and professional organizations.
Melissa (Mel) Shields
Melissa (Mel) Shields is the VP of Business Analytics and Digital Marketing at Vivus, LLC. She has held numerous leadership roles in the pharmaceutical industry during her 20+ year career. Mel is an avid traveler, foodie, and a doodle lover. She started with Operation Bliss as a supporter and donor and decided to join the board as an outreach opportunity to continue her patient advocacy.
Myra Brandenburg has served over 30 years in non-profit organizations. She worked at a summer camp in her early career before pursuing a degree in foreign languages at Arizona State University. She was the Director of Children’s Ministry at a large church in East Texas and most recently retired from working over a decade with a military support charity, the Boot Campaign.
Kristan Gross serves as Global Head of Knowledge: Advocacy and Partnerships at the OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation. She has held numerous communications roles of varying levels of responsibility in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations during her 30+ year career, but she counts her five years as a stay-at-home mom of three boys as some of her most educational (and rewarding!).
Operation Bliss became 501c3 approved as of April 2019, and we hosted our first family in May 2019.
Your financial gift will play a crucial role in partnering with these families and creating a lasting impact.
Donations will go towards the customized amenities to help create an extremely special stay, as well as the collateral used for the partnering surgeons and healthcare workers to provide to the families they know will benefit from this organization.
“At a time when my son was feeling the most vulnerable medically, Operation Bliss came alongside us and brought so much comfort and joy. Receiving the basket/gifts was the first time he smiled in a week since his operation, which lightened our burden as parents and helped refocus him on how special he was to us and even people he didn’t know. Love, kindness and generosity are at the heart of everything Operation Bliss does. So grateful for the blessing they were for us and all the families they love on!"