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COVID-19 Impact on Donate Life Month
 
Every April, ConnectLife celebrates Donate Life Month (DLM). This year was a little different. ConnectLife canceled all of our community outreach tables and Donate Life Month events across Western New York. We celebrated exclusively online.
 
We featured a 30 Day #DonateLifeMonth Challenge including digital activities and challenges to encourage our community to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of life.

Thank you to everyone who helped make Donate Life Month just as meaningful and impactful as years in the past. We are already looking forward to 2021!

2020 Theme: Garden of Life
 
The 2020 theme was Garden of Life. A garden and the insects within it serve as symbols of hope, courage and transformed life — themes repeatedly found within the donation and transplantation journey. Even in these difficult times, we can "keep going, keep growing."
 
NEW Invisible Threads Episodes
 
ConnectLife released three episodes of our podcast, Invisible Threads. Listen below:
 
Episode 6: Hope In Tragedy
 
Virtual #DonateLifeMonth Challenge
 
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Our team created a virtual challenge throughout the month of April to spread awareness about the importance of registering your decision to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor, honor those who have given the gift of life, and engage our community in our mission.
 
Challenge Details
 
We challenged our supporters to share a photo on social media participating in our daily challenges to celebrate Donate Life Month. The challenge details include:
 
  1. Participate in the day’s activity.
  2. Snap a photo.
  3. Post your photo to social media (make sure your post is public) with the hashtag #DonateLifeMonth and tag @weconnectlife.
  4. Challenge at least one friend to respond.
For example: Today I’m joining the #DonateLifeMonth challenge with @weconnectlife by playing “I Spy” something Green and Blue! @JaneSmith I challenge you find something blue and green.
 
Activity Calendar
 
April 1: Use our profile frames, update your cover photos, and share our Donate Life Month artwork on social media to get the word out about importance of organ, eye, tissue, and blood donation.
April 2: Let's Get Quizzical: Donation Edition. Listen to Episode 4 of our podcast and play along with our trivia game.
April 3: Join us for a Facebook live to kick off National Donate Life Month. Send us a message and let us know you will be celebrating.
April 4: DIY butterflies: hang them in your windows for people to enjoy when walking by!
April 6: Share with us why you're a registered organ, eye, and tissue donor.
April 7: Something New: Make or bake a food that is either blue, green, or both!
April 8: This or That Challenge: Play along on our Facebook and Instagram stories.
April 9: Show & Tell what transplantation has made possible or a donor's favorite activity.
April 10: #IStayHomeFor. Share why you're staying home.
April 11: Bring your garden to life by creating a DIY butterfly feeder.
April 12: Share a quote that inspires you to give back.
April 13: Color Day! Recipients wear white, donor families wear light blue, waiting for the gift of life wear green, and if you support ConnectLife's mission wear navy.
April 14: Superhero Day! Give a shout-out to someone who inspires you to donate life.
April 15: Stories of Hope - Take a moment to remember someone who has given the gift of life. Share their story with us.
April 16: Healthcare Decisions Day: Zoom with your loved ones and talk with them about your decision to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor.
April 18: Show and Tell - Share a flower that has a special meaning to someone who has given the gift of life.
April 19: Moment of Gratitude - Give thanks to donors and donor families.
April 20: April 19-25 is National Pediatric Transplant Week. Share your support!
April 21: Play Trivia! Tag three of your friends and see how well they do. Trivia will be posted to our Instagram and Facebook stories.
April 22: Earth Day. Recycle Me: Sign up on the Donate Life Registry.
April 23: Chalk with us! Write a positive message with chalk for our community to see.
April 24: In these hard times share three things you're thankful for.
April 25: DIY wind chimes for your garden.
April 26: Share a quote that inspires you.
April 27: Submit your loved one that gave the gift of life to AOPO for Donor Remembrance Day. 
April 28: Show your support for the 113,000 people currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant.
April 29: Light a candle in honor of your loved one.
April 30: Last day of Donate Life Month. A thank you surprise from our staff at ConnectLife.