We are back OPEN. We have great Valentine's Day gifts for teachers and everyone. Come see.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Valentine's Day Glass Decals and Glasses for Other Occasions



Valentine's Day will be here two weeks from 
tomorrow. What goes?..it was just Christmas.
I wanted to show you some fun ideas for   
"Valentine's Day" or any special occasion
from our shop on Etsy. These beautiful glasses
(above) were made  by a customer of mine
with vinyl decals she purchased from
 "Santa's Gift Shoppe Vinyl Year Round".  

She did a fabulous job..Don't you think? 
She ordered the decals with the name/
Initials and dots she wanted for her sons 
wedding in Texas.(if I remember it right) 
She just loved them and was surprised at 
how easy it was. She ordered many Names
/Initials and Dots (they are sold individually 
with 1 name/Initial and Dots or 5 of those 
in a set) with transfer tape on them. You receive 
easy directions and very quickly you have a 
beautiful table setting. Here are a few other 
glass ideas for those other special occasions 
below.

  






You too, can make beautiful glasses like these 
for  Valentine's Day (or any special occasion) 
for that special someone" and yourself. The
vinyl decals & dots are priced very inexpensively
You could even go to Dollar Tree and get beautiful
glasses for a great price as well.
                                         
Here is a link to the store:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/santasgiftshoppe?ref=em

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day and
don't forget to take a peek at our Fun Vinyl Decals 
for all the fun occasions in your life. We also have 
hearts and dots for kitchenaids.  

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Cleaning a Crock Pot Fast and Easy



I thought I would give you a kitchen tip that I saw on
Pinterest. I tried this and it is fast and easy. Two words
that I really like. I have pics to show you the Before and After.

Since the Championship games for NFL and AFL are
on 1/23/16 and then Super Bowl is on Feb 7th I know a lot
of Crock Pots are going to get used a lot, so I thought I would
tell you this tip in hopes of making your clean-up a little easier.

***This idea is for the INSIDE of the crock pot
(the aluminum part) not the ceramic bowl.***

What you need:
~ 1 can oven spray cleaner (check label to be sure it is
ok to use on aluminum)
~ Some scrubbies (the green and yellow scrubbers)

Spray an even coat of foam around the inside of the cooker...
the aluminum part.(I did it in my kitchen and did not have any 
problem with any fumes)..but you may wish to do it outside. 

Let it sit for about 90 min. After that...use a scrubby sponge
to wipe out the foam. LOOK for yourself @ pics down below:
                                                                     
                                                                        BEFORE
                                                                         AFTER
Hope this helps you with the clean up. Enjoy the games.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Valentine's Day..Gift Items...Hand Sanitizers..Kitchenaid Decals...Monograms

                        We have a lot of fun in our Etsy store making 
                        things that will help you update or brighten up 
                        your home decor.Valentine's Day is coming and 
                        these are a few gift ideas we have been working 
                        on in the shoppe.
                  
                       The top photo is our Valentine's Day Hand Sanitizer
                       with hearts instead of dots. We love making these 
                        for our customers and the compliments they get for 
                        giving it as a gift...well, the recipients just love them..
                        especially teachers. Come check them out. Here is 
                        the link:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/santasgiftshoppe

                        Below is our Kitchenaid Vinyl Swirls Design. It updates
                        your mixer as well as your kitchen decor. People just
                        have so much fun with these.


                           Next (below) are Monogrammed Vine Letters. First Initial
                           is your First name, Second (largest) is your Last name, and
                           Third is your Middle name. Everyone  loves these. You can
                           put them anywhere...car, laptop, iPad, notebook, sports
                           bag, mixers, the ideas are endless.


                             The last item (below) is a set of 10 different sizes 
                             of 3-Letter Monograms. There again they can go
                             on laptops, iPads, cars, Kitchenaids, anything looks
                             great with a monograms. They are so popular right now.
                             They are priced at only $1.79 per decal.
                             Here is the link to these items:
                             https://www.etsy.com/shop/santasgiftshoppe 

                              Anyway..come on over for a fun time looking at all the
                             great items there are to make your home more fun and
                             updated.
                         

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Great Valentine's Day Gifts from santasgiftshoppe on Etsy...Kitchenaid Makover

                KITCHENAID MAKEOVER.....This is the BEFORE

                        
These are the AFTERS....
What a great Valentine's Day Gift...To make your
old plain boring Kitchenaid into a FUN, UPDATED
KITCHENAID. Especially for Valentine's Day or
anytime you want to perk up your kitchen!
Here are some fun ideas for Valentine's Day Gifts
for that special someone.

Personalized Vinyl for Kitchenaids or any Stand Mixer
are a great idea. These are so popular and the person
who receives one to put on their mixer is one happy
person.

The top left example is a personalized name and dots.
You can have up to 3 colors for the dots in various sizes.
Here is the link to it in our Etsy store:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/77263171/kitchenaid-decals-vinyl-decal-for?ref=shop_home_active_1

The Middle example is a Damask Pattern for a Kitchenaid
or Stand Mixer. These are very popular as well.
Here is the link to it in our Etsy store:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/247985721/kitchenaid-damask-vinyl-decals-vinyl?ref=shop_home_active_14

The Bottom example is a Personalized Vinyl for
Kitchenaids  or Stand Mixers.  You can see the difference the color choices make.

There were a number of husbands buying these for their wives for Christmas. They could not wait to put them on their mixers I was told.  Come by and check our other gifts out as well.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Christmas Tree Minnie Mouse Ornaments

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Now on
to Christmas! I love it..it just goes by way too fast.

We just got our Christmas tree today. My family
and I love the tradition of all of us going to pick it
out. We usually have santa hats on and everything.

We have 2 trees....one that is a 7 1/2 foot green
artificial  one in the family room and the live
beautiful smelling one in the living room (plus
a few around the house which are smaller.) When
I was a child all 5 of us kids had a small tree in our room.
That was so much fun!

We also love the tradition of getting a new ornament
for our family room tree each year, This year we are
making our own Minnie/Mickey Mouse acrylic ornament
as our new one. If you would like to see others like this
you can go to my store "santasgiftshoppe" at ESTY
and get ideas or purchase any that you wish.

They are available for purchase now "santasgiftshoppe on Etsy".

Have a great time putting up your Christmas Tree.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Free Giveaway WINNER!

WE HAVE A WINNER for the Free Giveaway!

Random Calculator chose #4. Danice is our WINNER!

She chose Gift Prize #1...the "Give Thanks Decals" to put

on her glasses to make a beautiful Thanksgiving Day table.

She has 24 hrs. to let me know her address so I can

mail these cute "Give Thanks" decals out to her for  

Thanksgiving Day.

Thank you for entering.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

"FREE GIVEAWAY" for Thanksgiving Day Decals

Hi Everybody..

This GIVEAWAY is to celebrate THANKSGIVING
which gets lost between Halloween and Christmas.
Wouldn't a beautiful table be complete with each of
your glasses saying "Give Thanks" in Gold vinyl.
It's so easy to do and instructions are included with
the prize. The GIVEAWAY is OPEN NOW.

Please READ the Rules for each Entry!

********MOST IMPORTANT RULE**********
Because the WINNER is chosen by a Random
Number Generator..EACH ENTRY HAS GOT TO
BE A SEPARATE COMMENT!!! If you do not
do that..(your odds of winning will greatly decrease)
Let get started!!

#1) "Give Thanks" Gift Package 
This is Table Stemware Decals that say 
"Give Thanks"(GLASSES NOT INCLUDED) 
Like the picture Below: 
You will receive as many Give Thanks decals 
that your family needs (up to a max. of 12) &
Instructions.


 

















Package #2) You have the choice of  these 
monogrammed Glass Decals (GLASSES NOT 
INCLUDED) and dots (as many as your family 
needs) up to 10 max.) pictured below:

 









You can have the initials and 
dots of your choice and color 
(Initials need to be same color) 
2 colors for dots up to max. of 
10 Initials. I will send you a color 
chart and font chart to choose 
from.

 ************HERE'S HOW TO ENTER**********

1) Leave a Comment with your email address
(we need the email to notify you if you are the

WINNER of the giveaway) telling me which of 
the 2 Gift Packages (#1 or #2) you would like 
(and why) if you are the WINNER.
1 ENTRY

2) Become a "FAN or LIKE" Santa's Gift Shoppe on  
FACEBOOK  (in upper right hand corner of this blog or 
Etsy store)
1 ENTRY


3) I have just started  on Pinterest so Please Become a 
FOLLOWER of my PINTEREST STORE
1 ENTRY 

4) Become a FOLLOWER of this blog (on the sidebar)
1 ENTRY


5) Post about this giveaway on your FACEBOOK
Page & link it back to this post.
1 ENTRY

6)  Post about this Giveaway on your TWITTER
Page & link it back to this post.
1 ENTRY

7) Go to my ETSY STORE and PIN something you
like to one of your Pinterest Boards.
1 ENTRY 

8) Go to my ETSY STORE and FAVORITE my store.
1 ENTRY 

This Giveaway is open to the 48 Contiguous
United States..and WILL CLOSE 6pm Nov.19th
Check back the next day to find out if you  
ARE THE WINNER!

The winner will have 24 hrs. from 6pm Nov.19th - 
6pm Nov. 20th to email me with their address
or another WINNER will be CHOSEN.

*****I will mail your PRIZE...PRIORITY MAIL
to be there in time for your Thanksgiving. *******

Hope you have fun and GOOD LUCK EVERYONE.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thanksgiving Table.."Give Thanks" Decals for your stemware..DIY


It's November and that means  beautiful THANKSGIVING 
DAY tables. This beautiful stemware glass would look gorgeous
on your holiday table.

Can you imagine eight or ten of these at your place settings 
Thanksgiving Day? If you love to "Do It Yourself" and save 
money at the same time this would be fun, easy and fast. 

You purchase the decals from our ETSY store and put them on 
your glasses and you get all the compliments when asked who
did these beautiful glasses?

Here s the link to this item in our Etsy store:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/253756763/thanksgiving-vinyl-decal-sticker-give?ref=shop_home_feat_4 

A lot of times Thanksgiving gets lost between Halloween &  
Christmas. But it is one of the most important holidays we have. 
We each have so much to be grateful for and we need to 
acknowledge it to our Heavenly Father. I am so grateful 
for everyone in my life and for precious life itself

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

 ...P.S. We will be having a FREE GIVEAWAY coming up
later this month..Stay tuned for how to enter ...We will be 
giving away as many "Give Thanks" decals as you have
 family at your table ( up to 12 max.) Stop by to enter to win.
 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Halloween, Pumpkins, & Jack-o-Lanterns..Oh My!


Pumpkins everywhere...FUN..FUN..FUN! This particular
pumpkin I love. It's one of our newest in our Etsy store. I love
the beautiful Monogramming on it especially, and the dots. I
always love dots. They can perk anything up in your kitchen
or anywhere in your house. Halloween is only a couple weeks
away.

If you are interested in window shopping or purchasing the vinyl
decals so you can do one like this...Here is the link to the Polka 
Dot Pumpkin  Click HERE

Here are more Pumpkins and (their links) from the store:
                                      This is one of my favs...Check it out HERE.


                                       If you like Polka Dots/Initials Click HERE.


                                 If you like Spiders/Webs check this one out HERE


                                       This little happy pumpkin is found HERE.


                                     This funny pumpkin can be found HERE.



                                             Check the above idea HERE


                                  You can see this monogrammed pumpkin HERE


                                See these Monogrammed Pumpkins HERE.


Hope you have fun with your pumpkins this year. Drop by
and take a peek at all the ideas for Halloween.

You can also find us on Facebook and Pinterest

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Halloween Minnie and Mickey Mouse Buckets


 Halloween stuff is everywhere. I love it. 
This time of the year til after New Year's
is my favorite time of the year. I wanted 
to update you on some of the fun things 
we have for Halloween.

The 1st photo (above) shows how one of my 
customers used her vinyl decals (Minnie
Mouse ears/bow, Name and dots for her 
daughter's birthday party) she purchased 
@ my Etsy store...Santa's Gift Shoppe 
Year Round (vinyl and gifts) Here is the 
link to it (below) if you want to window 
shop or purchase anything. 
 https://www.etsy.com/shop/santasgiftshoppe?ref=hdr_shop_menu

This 2nd photo (above) shows a smaller 
version of the name for all the other birthday 
guests. I think she got the buckets at Target..
not sure about that, but her daughter Abbie & 
her loved them. You will too. Take a peek. Us
adults love to have fun too!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Halloween is Coming! Monogrammed Pumpkin

Believe it or not Halloween will be here next month.
Here at Santa's Gift Shoppe Vinyl Year Round we will 
always try and give you the most fun and creative ideas for 
your life.

Here is example of a favorite Halloween Pumpkin
Monogrammed Name and Initial for your last name.
NEW THIS SEASON...

The messiest part (cleaning all the seeds and yucky 
stuff out of the pumpkin)  is eliminated when you have 
this set of decals plus after Halloween you can take 
the decals off and use the pumpkin for Thanksgiving
on your porch or in your home. You could even put a
"Give Thanks" vinyl decal on the pumpkin for
Thanksgiving.
Here is the link to this fun Monogrammed 
Name and Initial Pumpkin decal:
Come in for a peek. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Teacher's Name Plate

It's that time of year again...Back to school. There are so many people
looking for a gift for a new teacher. This is my newest addition to the
teacher gift ideas in my Etsy store. CLICK HERE if you would like
to see my santasgiftshoppe Etsy store and other items in it.

This is a Teacher Name Plate. It is made of thick acrylic, is 8" long
with the name in contrast to the various size dots.These are a very
popular item that teacher's love. They would be great for secretaries,
doctors, nurses or anyone who has a desk.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Back To School I.D. Tags for Backpacks

What a great way to personalize & protect your child's backpack from getting mixed up with the rest of the kids. This is a great addition to those NEEDED items for BACK TO SCHOOL. They can pick out the colorful background vinyl & what font they would like with their name on it.

This is a clear plastic Backpack/Luggage Tag with polka dot vinyl insert & personalized Vinyl Name on the clear tag...plus plastic loop to attach to backpack, luggage, etc. On the other side it has important info insert (Name, Address, Phone, Email) so if your child misplaces their backpack the info can help get it back.) SEE BELOW
Here's a link to the Etsy Store Listing if interested:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/106244542/backpack-tag-id-backpack-not-included?ref=shop_home_active_4

Can you  believe back to school is just around the corner?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Vinyl Decals for Sand Buckets


Hope you had a great 4th of July. We did. I am back in full
swing with the ETSY STORE again now that I have recovered

from my KIDNEY TRANSPLANT in March of 2014. We will be
resuming ideas for your life to have more fun with your families,
crafting, recipes, and helpful household hints to save you time, energy
and money.

Thank you to all my dear friends and followers for giving me great and
uplifting comments and comfort during my recovery. Your the BEST!

We will sometimes have some more ideas or stories related to the
transplant, in hopes of helping anyone who might be themselves or
have a family member or friend going through such a life changing
event in their own lives. If you need any info about becoming a
Donor or about a transplant please use the KIDNEY TRANSPLANT
link above or  email me and I will get back to you asap, 
but for now we will be showing you some great Vinyl Decals
from my ETSY STORE to brighten up your summer or anytime of year.

Above is our Vinyl Decals for any sand bucket . The kids love to see
their buckets with their own Monogrammed Name & Initial and polka
dots...plus it helps kids to not want their brother's or sister's when they
have their own with such cute decals on them. If you would like to see
more info on them please go to my ETSY STORE

HAVE FUN IN THE SAND!!!


Friday, June 12, 2015

Kidney Transplant...What Can I Do To Help?


                                                   
When I found out (without warning) that I was at  
Stage 5 Kidney Failure in Jan. 2013 (even though I
was feeling fine but tired) I went from a person
who loved doing a lot of things, to a person
living in a recliner. I had an online business
that I loved, had many hobbies such as making
jams, woodworking, Family History, serving
at church and just loving my life in general. 
So going from doing a lot, to doing nothing 
was quite a shock.

I have found (especially as I have gotten older) 
if I ask the Lord what he wants me to learn 
from this, instead of "why me," it helps me a lot 
more to get though the trial faster and I 
always learn a lot.

Going through a kidney transplant and having 
to take 31 pills a day has been the hardest 
thing I ever have had to do, but I would do 
it again in a heartbeat because of all I have
learned from it and the people I have met 
and even helped  (they tell me). 

My kidney doctor has asked me to be an 
ambassador for kidney donation and go and
talk to groups of people because of the 
passion I have for people to be educated 
(thus lessening any fear they might have 
for donating) and people who might be in 
need of a kidney transplant.

For example most people have no idea
we need just one kidney to live a perfectly 
normal  life, or that there are over 124,000
Men, Women, and Children waiting on
a National Organ Donor List to see if they
will receive an organ. 

I  was so blessed to have 7 living donors 
come forward and wanted to donate one 
of their kidneys to me. I sent out an email
to family members and talked about it at
church, and 7 people (including a friend 
of my daughters and a church friend of 
mine) wanted to give a kidney to me. 
What a truly humbling experience.

With a living donor, it speeds the process
up so much faster and the timing improves
along with it to help you get one sooner.

The average waiting time on the National 
Donor List is 7-8 yrs and a lot of these
people die before ever getting an organ
because there are just not enough of them...
either by families donating them, deceased
persons leaving organs to be donated, or
because they don't have a living donor.

So, you might be asking what can I do to 
help? There are a number of things you 
can do to help. (See Below)

1) Help you and your family get educated
about organ donation. 
2) Sign up at the DMV or put on the back 
of your Drivers License that you wish to 
donate  your organs if you are in a fatal
car accident. 
3) Make a donation of cash to the National
Kidney Foundation or the Univ. of Utah
Donate Life Foundation
4) Look into donating a kidney to someone 
on the Waiting List and saving a persons life!
There is no better feeling on the earth than
that of saving another persons life! 

Have a great day! If you have your organs
you should already be having a great day,
and know what a blessing that is in your
life. Please do not take them for granted. 
They keep you living the life you want.

For information about the Kidney Donation
Program in Utah (they are the fastest in my 
opinion)
Go to this LINK: 

If  I can be of any help to anyone about this 
subject, Please let me know. Leave your email 
address in the comment section of this post. 
I will get back to you asap.
Thanks


 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Kidney Transplant: Everyone Needs a Buddy

 Hello! I'm guest blogging and happy to be back on the Santa's Gift Shoppe blog. I'm the daughter that donated a kidney and grateful to share a special post during April which is National Donate Life month. Also, we just had National Donate Life Blue and Green Day on April 17th. These celebrations have special meaning for me now. Remember to wear your blue and green this month in honor of organ donation!

As part of the organ donation awareness activities, I participated in the first annual Transplant Buddy Foundation Transplant Superhero 5K Fun Run/Walk. We had a good turnout for a first-time event enjoying the beautiful Spring weather, sharing stories of hope and inspiration, and raising awareness for this special cause.
cost thousands
Receiving and donating an organ is a life-changing event. Financially, it can also be a burden to some families. The post-transplant medication alone can cost thousands of dollars each month and varies from patient to patient. The Transplant Buddy Foundation helps, "by providing transplant patients with resources to afford post-transplant medications and by raising awareness of the financial aspects of solid organ transplant," according to their mission statement.
What an important cause and selfless way to help others in need. I'm grateful to be a volunteer for this organization. Maybe you feel that donating an organ isn't something that you can do, but you can still help by contributing financially so that transplant patients who might not otherwise be able to afford post-transplant medications can do so. Be a superhero!
The 5K fun run/walk was a team-building and networking opportunity. To hear special transplant and organ donation stories and share my own with others is a unifying experience. The feeling of camaraderie is tangible. Here's the finish line with all participants being cheered on as they crossed the finish.
It was a fun event to honor superheros including transplant recipients, donors (both living and deceased), and the dedicated medical staff that help transplant recipients and donors through the process. Looking forward to the second annual Superhero 5K Fun Run/Walk  next year! Thanks to all those that organized the event!
Life is a precious gift...cherish it...respect it...love it...live it. With April being National Donate Life month, consider how you can support, participate, and contribute to donate life. Until next time...


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Kidney Transplant..An Attitude of Gratitude is the Key



This past year has been incredible to say the least. The
kidney transplant, the Good Samaritan donor, staying in
Utah, my daughter giving a person on the waiting list her
kidney with all the emotion of learning and growing has
been a roller coaster ride. However, through it all there has
been so much hope, love, and charity from many different
sources. It has really helped to even things out.


This has been the most humbling time of my life.
There is so much gratitude in my heart for many people. It
is difficult to find the words to express the love that has
been shown to my family as well as myself. Many prayers
have been offered on my behalf (even from strangers) that
have truly strengthened me emotionally and physically...
thank you all!


To anyone out there who is struggling with a difficult
illness, my heart goes out to you. May I share a suggestion
that has helped me? Through this experience people told me
that I had an amazing attitude about my trials. Although, it
was (and is) very difficult at times to have a positive attitude,
I found that you just have to dig deep and focus on the blessings
you do have. When you do, it will help you to recognize hope
even in the midst of your trial. Gratitude in your attitude will
come as well, and you will soon find the strength to get through
whatever it is that you are going through.

I also have found that when I see anyone who has it worse than
I do (and they are all around us) I get perspective. When I saw
this TV commercial (link below) with this amazing young woman
(with one leg) with the best attitude ever, I realized my problems
were very small. It gave me a better perspective, to see the big
picture and improve my attitude into gratitude for how good
I really do have it and my many blessings in my life.

A St. Jude Research Hospital commercial comes to mind
about attitude. A young girl, Kate Foster (#87 on her shirt) talks
about attitude and is a wonderful example to all of us about
dealing with life's adversities. She has a perspective and attitude
from which we can all learn. Click (Below) to see the commercial:

http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7bmQ/st-jude-childrens-research- hospital-fighting-cancer


Most importantly...Don't give up! Be strong! There
are so many daily blessings for which to be grateful. They
really are all around us. I have learned so many wonderful
things from this experience as you have read in my previous
blog posts that I would not have learned any other way.

*****From time to time, I will continue to update my blog
about my kidney transplant journey. My daughter that
donated her kidney on my behalf will be guest-blogging
for the next few posts.

Then, I will start posting recipes, helpful household hints, 
and Santa's Gift Shoppe Etsy's store items again  available
to purchase. 

Please keep coming back. We love having you visit!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Kidney Transplant...Donate Life




Today my daughter will be a guest blogger, and because of her (giving one of her kidneys to someone waiting on the list to receive a kidney) I was able to receive a kidney from a "Good Samaritan" donor and am alive today because of it. Being a recipient of a kidney it's hard to
find the words to express my gratitude to both my daughter and my donor.

We wish to spread the word about organ donation and the "Paired Exchange" program at the University of Utah Medical Center. So, she will tell you some of the things she has been involved with since her recovery.

Hello! I am honored to be guest blogging today on the Santa's Gift Shoppe blog. As many of you know, my mom and founder of Santa's Gift Shoppe had a kidney transplant earlier this year. As you also know, I donated a kidney on her behalf (since our kidneys didn't match closely enough) through a miraculous program called the "Paired Exchange." This enabled not only my mom to receive a kidney, but another person from the kidney waiting list to also receive one. Paired exchange "chains" can be small or very large, but no matter the chain size, lives are saved and changed forever. It's not just a program, but a gift of life. However, I'll save that post for another day.

First, I wanted to thank all of the Santa's Gift Shoppe readers that have not only supported us through the shoppe, but also through your support and kindness as our family has been moving forward during these life-changing events. Your words of encouragement, prayers, and well wishes have been rays of sunshine as the transplant and recovery process has continued. Thank you so much! The world is a better place because of people like you!

It's easy to get caught up in our day-to-day activities running and dashing about, but I wanted to take a few minutes and recognize a different kind of dash...Dash for Donation. I participated in the 5K event this past August. It was inspiring to see people from all kinds of situations and circumstances come together for organ donation awareness and support. There were organ recipients, donors, family members "dashing" in honor and tribute of loved ones that had passed on, transplant staff from multiple hospitals, small teams, large teams, and individuals unite for a common cause-everyone there understood the importance of organ donation.

Everyone 'dashed' for the cause and many 'dashed' in tribute of a transplant recipient or donor. I dashed in honor of my mom and best friend as well as her Good Samaritan donor (a living donor that donates a kidney to help someone else) who is now a dear family friend.
Here are some memories from the day:



The park animals even seemed to get the message and were "dashing" right along with us.



I talked with many people that shared their stories of receiving a kidney, lung, or liver (or part of one) and how their lives had been saved and significantly improved by the kindness of a donor. I learned of people that passed away and had selflessly chosen to donate their organs before their passing to help someone else they didn't know. I was able to share our own story of hope because of a Good Samaritan donor and a dedicated and knowledgeable transplant staff to whom we will always be grateful.



The spirit of the day was hope, encouragement, love, and compassion-something I believe the world could use more of and from which many of us could benefit. So, thank you family, friends, and blog readers for helping to spread and share your support and encouragement. Let's keep passing it forward in honor of the gift of life.


To learn more about organ donation. click here.