LifeChoice Organ Donation and Quilt Presentation

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How serious is the organ shortage?  There are currently more than 110,000 men, women, and children in the United States waiting for a life-saving transplant; over 3,400 of these individuals live in the New England region.  Learn more about organ donation at the “LifeChoice Organ Donation and Quilt Presentation,” hosted by Shelia Murphy at the Enfield Public Library on Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00 PM. LifeChoice Donor Services is the federally designated, non-profit organ procurement organization for six counties in Connecticut and three counties in Western Massachusetts.  In 2002, LifeChoice started Loving Squares, a local quilt that offers families a meaningful way to commemorate the lives of loved ones who gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.  Through the use of song lyrics, birth and death dates, photographs, drawings, and even remnants of a wedding dress, each hand-stitched square offers a glimpse into the donor’s life.  Currently, the sixth panel of the quilt is being created, and the last stitch on the quilt will remain open, as the quilt will never be finished.  The Loving Squares quilt represents an important message to the community– that one decision can save lives.  During the month of April, a panel from the Loving Squares quilt will be on display in the Community Room at the Enfield Public Library, and can be viewed free during regular library hours except when programs or classes are in session.Host Sheila Murphy has worked as an Administrative Associate with LifeChoice since 2000.  Prior to her work with LifeChoice, Sheila was employed with Hartford Hospital, and received her Associate’s Degree from Bay Path College in 2008.All programs at the Enfield Public Library are free and all are welcome.  To register for this program, please visit the Circulation Desk or call 860-763-7512.  For more information on upcoming programs, please visit our website:  www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org.


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