DHS FCCLA Hosts Organ Donor Awareness Event

Organ 2DESOTO, TX — National Donor Day, sponsored by Donate Life America, is a time to focus on all types of donation—organ, eye, tissue, blood, platelets and marrow—by participating in blood/marrow drives or donor registration events. It is also a day to recognize loved ones who have given the gift of donation, have received a donation, are currently waiting or did not receive an organ in time. DeSoto High Freshman Heaven Thomas sparked an initiative to bring awareness of organ donation to DHS students and enlisted the campuses Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter to assist. The students recruited representatives from Methodist Charlton Hospital’s Community Outreach Department to visit DHS on February 12 and provide leaflets and answer any questions about organ donors/recipients. Students who visited the information table were given red ribbons to wear as a sign that they are becoming more aware of this important act of love.
Heaven had very personal reasons to take on this challenge. “I met a wonderful math teacher named Ms. Danyaih Bates who changed my life and my perspective on education,” Heaven began, “She had a niece named Adriaunna (AJ) Jones who was in need of a heart and kidney transplant. I wasn’t aware of organs donations, although I was aware of people needing organs. Just hearing AJ’s story and seeing how it affected her family and friends made me learn a lot; from how to be grateful to how to be humble for what I have. It motivates me every time I think about it, to want to do better and let others be aware and know that they can save lives.”
Asked how she transitioned her personal awakening into an event, Heaven replied “getting others to be aware was the hardest part; I didn’t know where to start! I wrote a story to the superintendent and a few principals and ended up writing a proposal to the district. It took time to find the right people to talk with for this moment to come to life. Honestly I have to thank God, my family, AJ’s family, all the staff in DeSoto who helped me and the student body because without them I wouldn’t be standing here today getting others to be aware and think about organ donation or becoming an organ donor.”