Christmas in South Dakota is a time of family and of giving. It is also a time to express appreciation.
Over the past year in South Dakota, more than 500 people were eye, tissue and/or organ donors. Each of these donors left their footprints in the sands of time, leaving us forever changed and forever grateful. These precious gifts of donation, when the donor did not need them anymore, helped to make many miracles happen. In 2012, approximately 2,200 South Dakotans’ received a cornea, tissue, or organ transplant. Many thousands more will benefit from the knowledge and tools gained from research donations aimed at curing or treating cancer, diabetes, and other diseases. Appreciation, donor families across South Dakota, for these very special gifts. When your hearts were breaking, you reached out and gave permission, or supported your family member’s donor designation. This kindness helped stop another heart from breaking. You made a difference; we are all forever touched and grateful.
If you have not already done so, decide to be a donor yourself when you do not need your sight and organs anymore. Be a hero; tell your family and sign up at the Driver’s License Bureau to be a donor. You may also sign up to be a donor at www.donatelifesd.org. We are proud that 55% of South Dakota drivers have already signed up as designated donors. This Christmas, please join the crowd!
For more information, call the South Dakota Lions Eye & Tissue Bank 605-373-1008. And thank a Lions Club member in your community for starting and continuing to sponsor our Lions Eye and Tissue Bank!
Footprints in the sand