4/30/19 – Tuesday
Today, like the day before, I was able to go around the local community and visit stores, restaurants, and households in order to distribute materials for Life Goes On.
Acting, in a sense, as a regional coordinator, I focused on my local community. My goal was to inform people of the Life Goes On Program, educate them of the importance of organ and tissue donation, as well as notify them about the legislation change allowing for 16 and 17 year olds to sign up for the organ and tissue donor registry.
So, I went store to store, door to door, and introduced myself. I explained my purpose, as well as my background (a.k.a I am an intern for Life Goes On). Then, I asked if whether or not they would be willing to hear me out for a few minutes as I informed that about organ and tissue donation in Illinois. If they said yes, I’d do so, if they said no, I’d say “Thank you,” and move on to the next location.
When my presentation began, I took into consideration questions and oppositions that local vendors might have, I addressed them right off the bat. One of the most common was the question of religions role in post-humorous organ and tissue donation. Unfortunately, many misconceptios float around religion, and it has been our goal at Life Goes On to shed light on the truths. Often, to counteract or in expectation of these statements, I would just state the facts. Almost every major world religions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Protestantism, support organ and tissue donation. Some even find it to be one of the greatest gifts a person can give: the gift of life.
After my introduction into donation, I would then end them with a question – “If you were in a life or death situation, would you accept the organ of someone else?” Almost every time I pose this question, I see some type of ‘aha’ moment in their eyes. Quite frankly, if you’re willing to take, you should be willing to give as well.
In stores, once the question was asked, I’d leave them with a stack of around 50-100 pamphlets, as well as some handouts including key chains, wristbands, cups, and pens to distribute themselves. At homes, if anyone is home, I’d leave them with a pamphlet, pen, and wristband.
Overall, I really enjoyed being able to talk to people in my local community. I especially cherished the chance to establish relationships with employees at nearby stores that I frequent such as GNC and Meatheads.