Organ donor registration weekend in Botkins
BOTKINS, Feb 23, 2013 (The Lima News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Churches and businesses in Botkins are teaming together this weekend to help citizens register as organ donors.
The idea was originally from the Petersburg Parishes of Botkins Immaculate Conception, Rhine St. Lawrence, and Wapakoneta St. Joseph. The parishes' combined Social Justice Commission decided to organize an organ donor registration drive after all services during the last weekend in February.
"We wanted to give our parishioners the opportunity to express their respect for life by becoming organ donors," said Rachel Barber, a Social Justice Commission member, in a prepared statement. "People across the country are in need of organ transplants. As Christians, we are called to help one another in many ways. Organ donation is something that perhaps we don't think about very often, but it can truly provide life."
The United Methodist Church and St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church have also joined the effort. The events are being organized in cooperation with Life Connection of Ohio, the nonprofit agency designated by the government to administer organ donation in northwest and west central Ohio.
Potential donors also can pick up information and registration forms at the Botkins Library, U.S. Bank, First National Bank, Meyers Tavern and Brew's Perfectville Pizza through Monday. Registration is free and should only take a few minutes to complete.
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