Blood Drive & Organ Donor Registry Held

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

With Christmas quickly approaching the season of giving is often forgotten with holiday parties, gift wrapping, and busy schedules.

Officials say they also see a decline in blood donations around the holidays.

On what would have been Alli Beth Thompson's 6th birthday, family and friends found a special way to remember her, a blood drive and organ donor registry in her honor.

“We waited 18 months for organs and she was literally dying and if we wouldn't have got those.. and yes, she did end up passing away, but I got a year and a half with her. Healthy,” Amy Thompson said.

Alli's parents say these gifts of life are priceless.

“Organs are not something we can take with us. It's just a really important thing to do, donate organs because there's so many people out there that's on organ donation lists that's never going to receive one,” Jeff Thompson said.

Officials say thoughts of giving back during the holidays sometimes get lost in the jumble.

“It will affect everyone at some point in time. People really don't think about it until it does personally affect them,” Sarah Vanderhoof said.

The Kentucky Donor Affiliates say more accidents around the holidays increases the number of organs donated, but blood donations are still in high demand.

“Especially around the holidays it's a time of giving and we really want people to remember that and give their blood when they can,” Peggy Akin said.

“Tell your family and friends and loved ones about your wishes to become an organ donor,” Brandi Speck said.

Alli's family plans hold blood and organ donor events every year on her birthday.

As support for families of organ donors and recipients, the second chance group meets the first Thursday of every month at the laurel county health department.

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