AMHERST – Volunteers with Legacy of Life and singers with the Wesleyan Church Choir gathered at the Amherst Centre Mall Saturday afternoon for the Legacy of Life’s Christmas Sing-along to sing some carols and spread the message of organ donation awareness.
Sue Boiduk, with the Cumberland Health Authority and Legacy of life, said the event gives back to the community while reminding visitors to the mall that it’s never to late to become an organ donor.
“We have a head elf volunteer who is in charge of the draw and we’re just having a fun time, giving out candy canes to the kids for Christmas and spreading awareness for the Legacy of Life,” she said.
Boiduk said Christmas is the perfect time to remind everyone why it’s important to become an organ donor.
“The Legacy of Life is a celebration in itself,” she said. “People are giving the best gift of all which is a legacy, a family member giving an organ to another family member.”
Volunteer Greg Wilson understands the true meaning of giving the gift of life. In 1995, Wilson’s health took a turn for the worse and his little sister donated one of her kidneys to help save his life.
“She lives out in Alberta,” he said. “She flew home, dropped off a kidney and flew back.
“Thank you is not a big enough word when it comes to something like this.”
Wilson was very pleased with the turnout at the mall. He said the event was a wonderful way to get the word out.
“We’re all going to pass away eventually. Some will die old and some will die young, but you shouldn’t be put in the ground with all the good organs going to waste,” he said. “The family that is left would feel a bit like the person is still living if they were to give an organ to someone who really needed it.”
For more information on how to become an organ donor, or to sign up as an organ donor, visit www.legacyoflife.ns.ca