PARKERSBURG -Handmade shawls made by residents will be presented to Lifeline of Ohio Organ Procurement at 9 a.m. today at the South Tower of Camden Clark Medical Center.
In the spring of 2012, Lifeline of Ohio, at the direction of bereavement services coordinator, Jenny Hoover, began the Shawls of Support program which will provide a handmade shawl to the family of those who give the "Gift of Life" through donation.
Made by donor families, recipients and volunteers, each shawl is of different colors and style and is made by hand. After a summer filled with crocheting and knitting, Lifeline of Ohio has received enough shawls to begin distribution to donor families.
Volunteers from churches, senior center, groups, clubs, neighbors, friends, family recipients and donor families are creating each shawl in hope that this gesture will provide a small measure of comfort to the family as they grieve the loss of their loved one.
"We want families to know that we care for their loved one throughout the entire donation process," Hoover said. "In addition to our Lasting Legacies program, this allows us one more way our staff can show our support and care for the donor and his or her family."
An independent, nonprofit organization, Lifeline of Ohio, promotes and coordinates the donation of human organs and tissue for transplantation.
Lifeline of Ohio, a Donate Life Organization, has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as the designated organ procurement organization serving 37 Ohio counties along with Wood and Hancock counties in West Virginia. Accredited by both the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations and the American Association of Tissue Banks, Lifeline of Ohio provides services to 70 hospitals and the communities they serve through its procurement and tissue coordinators, and other professional staff.