Annual Gospel Concert and Vigil
As part of this effort to raise awareness within these communities, Gift of Life Donor Program’s Multicultural Affairs Committee hosts the annual Gospel Concert and Vigil on with members of the local gospel community coming together to help sing the praises of donation and help highlight awareness in the minority community
African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans comprise 54 percent of those currently waiting for life-saving transplants in the United States. As that number continues to grow, Gift of Life encourages those in our region’s communities to take action and register to help save lives.
Each year on August 1, Gift of Life celebrates “National Minority Donor Awareness Day” (NMDAD) by encouraging the African American, Asian and Hispanic communities to discuss donation wishes with their families, friends and congregation members--and most importantly, to register as a donors.
As part of this effort to raise awareness within these communities, Gift of Life Donor Program’s Multicultural Affairs Committee hosts the annual Gospel Concert and Vigil on with members of the local gospel community coming together to help sing the praises of donation and help highlight awareness in the minority community.
Our Gospel Concert and Vigil is held annually to raise awareness of the critical need for more organ and tissue donors in African American and Latino communities. The event is not a fundraiser and we do not charge admission. It is an opportunity to honor families who have given the gift of life through organ donation and celebrate with those who have received a lifesaving transplant. The event is held annually to commemorate National Minority Donor Awareness Day.
More than 600 people filled Bright Hope Baptist Church for a night of music, advocacy, and spirit. Praise 103.9 Host Dezzie led the event, keeping everyone on the feet and engaged in both the performers and the mission. Stunning performances by Elder Goldwire McLendon, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Male Chorus and Sharon Baptist Church set the tone for the night to bring people to their feet. Testimonials from recipients and donor families enlightened attendees about the life saving power of donation, along with debunking myths they may have had previously believed. Thank you to everyone who helped make the event such a success!
Gift of Life's Multicultural Awareness Committee organized the event, as they continue their work to educate their communities about the critical need for organ and tissue donors, both in August and throughout the year.
For more information about their activities, contact Vanessa Duvert, Multicultural Outreach Coordinator, at 215-557-8090, ext. 1172 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lodging and Support
Thousands of patients come to Philadelphia hospitals every year needing life-saving organ transplants. Family House will provide critically needed support programs and temporary lodging for organ transplant patients and their families.
Threads of Love Donor Quilt
Explore the online quilts to view the quilt squares provided by the loved ones of those who died and gave the gift of life. The actual quilts are available for display in public places throughout the region to promote donor awareness.