South Dakota “Christmas at the Capitol”

DSC02594If you are a donor family member or transplant recipient, we’d like to share with you a special opportunity this holiday season. Each year the South Dakota State Capitol hosts a “Christmas at the Capitol” display, drawing over 30,000 visitors to the capitol building in Pierre. Last year many donor families and transplant recipients contributed an ornament to adorn the Donate Life South Dakota tree. Ornaments submitted last year will grace the tree again this year and we are offering an opportunity for additional donor families and transplant recipients to contribute an ornament.

Bonnie Bjork from Pierre, SD initiated having a tree again this year to honor organ and tissue donors as well as recognize South Dakota transplant recipients who have been blessed to receive one of these life-saving gifts. Bonnie’s husband, Tim, is a heart transplant recipient and serves on the LifeSource Board of Directors. Bonnie has experienced first-hand the life-saving impact of the gifts of donation and she continues to express her gratitude by advocating for donation.

DSC02607For the second year, we are honored that Donate Life South Dakota has been selected as one of the community organizations that will participate in decorating a tree at the capitol in 2015. The tree will help bring awareness to the importance of organ and tissue donation. We would like your assistance to personalize the tree with ornaments honoring donors and recipients.

If your loved one was a donor and you would like to have them included in this special display, or if you are a recipient and would like to be included, please create an ornament to be placed on the tree. You may consider including a photo, name, hometown, date of death or date of transplant as well as hobbies or interests. The ornament will stay with the tree, so you may wish to consider making a second, similar ornament to adorn your tree at home. Please do not feel you need to be exceptionally artistic to contribute. The detail of your ornament can be as simple or complex as you like.

If you would like to have an ornament placed on the tree during “Christmas at the Capitol,” please call LifeSource at 612.800.6100 or 888.536.6283 for information on where to mail your ornament. Ornaments must be received by November 17, 2015.

Bonnie will personally be decorating the tree with the ornaments received. If you would like to assist Bonnie in decorating, please contact LifeSource. The tree will be on display at the capitol building from November 26, 2015 through December 26, 2015. We hope you are able to visit the capitol during this time. Please note that ornaments submitted will not be returned.

We hope you will join us to honor donors and recipients and help spread the importance of organ and tissue donation and transplantation in South Dakota.