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Giving the Greatest Gift This Holiday

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 General News J E 4
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PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 23 During the holiday season, we open our homes and our hearts to others, and among family and friends, we give gifts to show our love and appreciation. In keeping with this spirit, there is one gift you can give this season that does not cost a dime -- you can sign up to be an organ donor. This simple act can give hope to people in need the greatest gift of all, the gift of life.



This past year, more than 1,000 people in our community have already received a life-saving transplant, thanks to the generosity of many donors and their families. But even more continue to wait -- specifically, close to 6,000 people in this region alone, joining the 100,000 patients who wait nationwide.



Gift of Life Donor Program -- the organ procurement organization for eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware -- urges you to give hope during the holidays and register as an organ and tissue donor. You can now give the gift of life online as well. It's simple, takes less than 90 seconds, and just one donor can save or enhance the lives of up to 50 people.



In Pennsylvania and Delaware, residents who want to sign up as an organ and tissue donor can act immediately instead of waiting until they renew their driver's license. Through the two state Web sites, www.donatelife-pa.org and www.donatelife-de.org, residents with a driver's license or state I.D. card have the ability to go online to a secure page within the state's Department of Transportation website to add the donor designation to their record immediately.



In New Jersey, you can also log onto www.donatelifenj.org to get more information about donation, as well as sign up to be alerted when the state's online registry is ready.



Regardless of where you are, it is also important to talk with your family and friends about your decision to donate, so they can understand your wishes and see how important it is to designate themselves.



Check out www.donors1.org and link to either the Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware Donate Life sites. Give the greatest gift this holiday season and make the decision to save lives through organ and tissue donation.





SOURCE Gift of Life Donor Program
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