SM council proclamation aims to save lives and recognize supporters

LOMPOC RECORD | Logan B. Anderson

The Santa Maria City Council worked to raise awareness for a cause that could help prevent thousands of deaths a year during its April 19 meeting at City Hall.

The five-member ruling body also recognized two people and one business for working to make Santa Maria better.

Because of the meeting, April 2016 now is Donate Life Month in the city of Santa Maria.

“Organ, tissue, marrow and blood donation are life-giving acts recognized worldwide as expressions of compassion to those in need,” said Santa Maria City Councilman Bob Orach while reading the Donate Life Month proclamation.

According to Orach, on average of 22 people die each day while waiting for donated organs due to a shortage.

“The need for donated organs is especially urgent in Hispanic and African-American communities,” he said.

The City Council presented the proclamation to Joe Darga, an ambassador with OneLegacy -- a nonprofit group dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in the seven-county greater Los Angeles area. Continue reading
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