The greatest gift you can give doesn't cost a dime- Resolve to be an organ donor

The Examiner

This is the time of year when most of us are putting away our holiday gifts, spending money from our gift cards, and re-assessing the gifts that we have given others. Yet the most valuable gift you can give is one that doesn't cost any money- the gift of donating one's organs after death.

Most of us don't even think about this question unless we are at the Department of Motor Vehicles, filling out our application for a renewal of our driver's license, and we are asked to check the box if we want to be an organ donor. LifeSource is the non-profit organization that coordinates organ donations for the upper midwest, including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and parts of Wisconsin. Here are a few things that they want all of us to know:

The first priority of medical staff is always to save your life. Only after a person is declared deceased is the topic of organ donation discussed. If you check the box on your driver's license application to be an organ donor, this is entirely different from choosing to be a living organ donor, or giving a willed body donation.
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