This summer, The Living Legacy Foundation partnered with the Baltimore City Police Department and local pastors to participate in Day of Hope celebrations. The Day of Hope events were held in different parks throughout Baltimore City to focus on connecting the African American community with resources they need to live a better life. During these events, The LLF worked alongside other non-profit community partners to offer resources such as healthcare, nutrition, personal grooming and city programs to help them with living expenses. We took this opportunity to inform the community about essential donation facts. The LLF even catered our resources for these events by giving out body soap and hair shampoo.
Throughout the event, local pastors got on stage to pray and local singers and rappers
performed inspirational sets. However, the biggest highlight was when a helicopter came down and offered kids a look inside the cockpit. There was also face painting, free lunch and fun activities to keep kids busy while parents took advantage of all the giveaways. They even offered free haircuts for kids and groceries to take home.
The goal of Day of Hope is to bring hopefulness to those less fortunate and give them the means to live a healthier and better life. People attending are always referred to as “guests of honor” and in a time when more and more people are losing faith in their leaders, the events offered a renewed sense of optimism in the community.
More than 2,600 people are waiting for life-saving organ transplants in Maryland alone; more than 1,200 are African American. It is so important the African American community understand the facts about donation so they can make an informed donation decision. By the end of September, The LLF staff will have attended four Day of Hope events and reached out to more than 5,000 people attending these events. We enjoy educating the community and look forward to this partnership in the 2014 year.
For more information on The LLF visit http://www.thellf.org
To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor visit, http://www.donatelifemaryland.org