Give the Gift of Life
Merry Christmas! As you open your gifts this year, think
about how you can contribute to the gift of life. Yes, moms and dads give the
gift of life each time a new baby is born, but there are many other ways to
contribute to this gift pool.
The easiest is charitable giving to organizations that provide
food and shelter for those without. But have you ever given blood? Our blood
supply is in greatest demand during holidays. Yet the American Red Cross reports
that blood donations decrease during this time of year. If you are a healthy
adult, you can also talk to the Red Cross about being a platelet donor.
Organ donors are givers of life for thousands of patients
on the transplant lists. Talk to your loved ones about whether you have signed
organ donor cards. You may feel like you'd rather die than discuss this, but
your discussion may prevent someone else's premature death. There are also
life-saving organ donations that you can make while living: you've probably
heard about people who've donated their bone marrow or kidneys but may not have
ever considered what you would do in their situation.
For couples with infertility, a positive pregnancy test would
be the best holiday gift of all. Here, egg and sperm donors are truly providing
the gift of life, one that best represents Christmas after all: a new baby.
Created: 12/25/2000  - Donnica Moore, M.D.