The Giving Tree Dedication Celebrates the Gift of Life
Ingram Park Mall joins Donate Life Texas partners encouraging community to donate
Give the Gift of Life as an organ, eye and tissue donor. That’s the message behind the Giving Tree which will make its debut at Ingram Park Mall, Wednesday, December 9th with a reception at 6:00PM followed by program at 6:30PM.
Donor families will hang a personalized ornament featuring photos and reflection wording of their loved one’s legacy as an organ, eye and tissue donor. Their Christmas wish – to inspire the community to register on the Donate Life Texas Registry and bring hope to those who continue to wait.
“I thought it was my last Christmas, then just two days before Christmas Day, I received a lung from a young man,” said transplant recipient, Debra Aparicio, “I am forever grateful the ornament represents his precious gift to me.”
Every day, 22 people will die waiting for their organ transplant. Thousands more are in need of cornea and tissue transplants to restore vision and mobility. That’s why Ingram Park Mall is teaming up with the Donate Life Texas partners in encouraging others to make a difference.
“The Giving Tree represents the miracle of the Gift of Life. A simple yes can save lives. We’re proud to share that message with the community,” said Mall Manager Tim Hill whose daughter also is a transplant recipient.
A single organ, cornea and tissue donor can save and heal the lives of more than 50 people. Texans can register to become donors at www.DonateLifeTexas.org or through the Texas Department of Public Safety when renewing a driver’s license or obtaining an ID.
Donate Life Texas, the state’s official donor registry, is a member of the Donate Life America registry network and is supported by all three Texas-based organ procurement organizations, LifeGift, Southwest Transplant Alliance and Texas Organ Sharing Alliance and tissue and eye bank affiliates such as the San Antonio Eye Bank and GenCure.