Give Thanks: Knit a Blanket for Families of Organ Donors.
So organ donation is pretty rad, in our opinion. Make one last huzzah of leaving this world a better place? Talk about leaving your mark. If you haven’t yet signed up to be an organ donor (no judgement. we hadn’t either), go here and sign up – it couldn’t be easier. One of the things people don’t think about when donating organs is that, yes, there is family usually left behind when an organ donation happens. Spread love, gratitude, and community by making these family members a blanket to wrap up in when they’re feeling lonely.
Organization: Gift of Life Donor Program – Wrapped in Hugs
Founded in 1974 by the Greater Delaware Valley Society of Transplant Surgeons, Gift of Life is one of the oldest and largest of 58 organ procurement organizations (OPO) in the United States. Gift of Life is part of the nationwide organ and tissue sharing network run by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
In addition, Gift of Life coordinates life-enhancing tissue transplants for area residents who are in need of corneas for sight-restoring procedures, as well as skin, tissue and bone to repair injuries.
Gift of Life partners with 130 acute care hospitals to offer families from around the region the option of donation.
Wrapped in Hugs was inspired by the 2010 US Transplant Games, where all donor families present received a hand-knitted or crocheted wrap at the National Donor Recognition Ceremony. Gift of Life Donor Program would like to do the same at their local ceremonies.
- If you know how to knit: For all of you knitters, we know you already have your favorite blanket pattern. If you’re looking for a new one, check out the Gift of life patterns here.
- If you don’t know how to knit: Alright. You’re inspired, but seriously, you have no clue. Never fear! You can ARM KNIT. How rad is that??? Here’s a video tutorial that takes you through the whole process – 25 min or less. So now you can awe your friends with your skeelz.
- Pop them into a box and mail them off to:
Gift of Life Donor Program
Family Support Services
401 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123