The greatest gift

During November, we all begin to think about the holidays around the corner. There is food to be made, family to be invited and gifts to be bought.

But what if the greatest gift of all was not found in a store? What if the greatest gift was the gift of life?

Every one of us has this gift to give. Through organ, eye and tissue donation, we can give the greatest gift of all and it doesn’t cost a dime.

The extraordinary gift of a big breath of air for someone waiting for lungs, of seeing for the first time for someone who needs cornea replacement, to walk without a limp for someone who needs an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee repair.

My family was able to give the gift of life through my husband Ken. Ten years ago, he died in an accident, and the comfort it brings to me still — knowing that his heart and other vital organs/tissue/cornea have improved or even saved the lives of others — brings a peace beyond imagination.

Our own lives have been changed positively today as much from the donation process as we were negatively impacted by Ken’s loss. So grateful we are that we remain a part of the mission to donate life.

Organ, eye and tissue donation is more than a gift — it is an extraordinary way to help another human. One organ, eye and tissue donor can save or enhance the lives of more than 50 different people!

This holiday season; make your donor designation the top of your gift list.

Ask others to do the same for you. Share your decision with family and friends, and encourage others to register to an organ, eye and tissue donor at

What better gift could you possibly give?

Elaine Morse

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