Making an Initial Connection

STEP  1:

Learn how the connection process works and review guidelines about how to write your letter.

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Decide if you would like to send a handwritten letter, or send a typed letter.




Dear Recipient,  

My name is Mary and my son John was an organ, eye and tissue donor.  My family and I live in Florida.  

John was 23 years old when he died and had just finished college.  He has two younger sisters, Susan and Patty.  They are 16 and 18 years old.

John loved scuba diving and playing baseball.  Although he was only 23 when he died, he had the opportunity to travel to many places.  He had many friends as he was growing up. Our house was often where kids would get together.

One of my favorite things about John was

John was always willing to help others, so we knew that organ and tissue donation was a right thing to do.  

We miss John very much, but are comforted by the fact that he lives on through you and others.

I hope you are doing well and on the way to a full recovery.  

We would like to hear from you if you feel comfortable doing so.  If possible, we would also like to meet you one day.


Step 4:

EMAIL: Send your typed letter to Gift of Hope via email at Please include your name, your loved one’s name, and the date of your loved one’s death

HANDWRITTEN: Send your handwritten letter to Gift of Hope, address below. Include a separate piece of paper, for Gift of Hope’s information, with your full name and the name of your loved one, including the date of his or her death.
Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network
Attn: Donor Family Services
425 Spring Lake Dr.
Itasca, IL 60143.

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