The holiday season is officially in full swing. While the weekend after Thanksgiving found many people in stores and online getting a jumpstart on their holiday shopping, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – Giving Tuesday – holds a special place in our heart. After all, organ, eye and tissue donation is all about giving the gift of life. To help celebrate, CDT volunteers will once again be making no-sew blankets for donor families this coming Tuesday, November 29th, 2016. The blankets are part of our ongoing effort to provide support, hope and comfort to donor families in a time of unthinkable sadness and grief.
These blankets are made by volunteers, carefully adorned with a special card a “Donate Life” patch and then presented to the donor family on-site at the hospital by a Family Services Coordinator. The blankets are for the families to keep and find a small bit of warmth and comfort in, either with them at the hospital or to travel back and forth from the hospital to home, and then to rest at home permanently following the days in which their loved one becomes a donor.
The effect that the blankets have had on donor families, hospital staff, CDT staff and CDT volunteers has been incredible. Many volunteers have a personal connection to donation and find an immense sense of peace in coming together to create these blankets, knowing they will help ease – if only momentarily – the grief of a donor family. Without a doubt, it has become one of the most popular ways for our volunteers to give back. It is our hope to provide donor families with a small boost of support in sharing the connection, the love and the care that went into completing the blankets.
To date, more than 60 blankets have been completed by volunteers throughout our service area. On Tuesday volunteers in Kingston, Albany and Utica will come together to add more blankets on to the 60+ completed ones, while simultaneously celebrating the gifts given by those who have made the selfless choice to say “yes” to donation.
Interested in learning more about our Donate Life no-sew blankets? Want to learn more about volunteering with CDT? Email firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear from you!