Get Involved With National Donate Life Month

MONTH.
IT AIMS TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT
REGISTERING TO DONATE ORGANS,
EVEN EYES AND TISSUES TO HELP
SAVE A LIFE.
AND ACCORDING TO ORGAN DONOR
GOV, 17 PEOPLE DIE EVERY DAY
WAITING FOR AN ORGAN TRANSPLANT
PLANT.
THIS WEEKEND, THE SAINT LUCIE
COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE IS
HOSTING ITS LOCAL CELEBRITY
LUNCH TO BENEFIT DONATE LIFE
FLORIDA.
AND JOINING ME NOW IS THE SAINT
LUCIE COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR,
CHRIS KRAFT.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE,
CHRIS.
THANKS FOR HAVING ME.
SO TALK TO US ABOUT THE
IMPORTANCE OF REGISTERING TO BE
AN ORGAN DONOR.
SO RIGHT NOW, CURRENTLY UNITED
STATES, THERE ARE 100,000 PEOPLE
ON THE ORGAN DONOR WAITING LIST.
5000 OF THOSE FOLKS WILL DIE
BECAUSE THE UNAVAILABLE
UNAVAILABLE OF THESE ORGANS.
SO WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO IS
INCREASE THE THE POOL OF
REGISTERED DONORS SO THAT THESE
FOLKS HAVE A SECECOND CHANCE ON
LIFE.
I WANT TO TALK A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT SOME MISCONCEPTIONS OUT
THERE, BECAUSE I WAS TELLING
YOU, I’M AN ORGAN DONOR.
AND I THINK SOMETIMES WHEN
PEOPLE HEAR THAT, THEY’RE LIKE,
OH, WAIT, BUT IT’S ON YOUR
LICENSE.
IF YOU GET INTO AN ACCIDENT,
THEY’RE NOT GOING TO WANT TO
HELP YOU BECAUSE IT SAYS ORGAN
DONOR.
THEY’RE GOING TO WANT TO ORGAN.
NO, THAT IS NOT THE CASE.
YEAH.
THE REALITY IS THEY HAVE TO KEEP
THE BLOOD PUMPING THROUGH YOUR
BODY.
THEY NEED TO KEEP YOU ALIVE AS
LONG AS POSSIBLE UNTIL THE
RECOVERY PROCESS CAN BEGIN.
YOU SAY YOU GET THOSE QUESTIONS,
THOUGH, AT THE OFFICE EVERY
SINGLE DAY, AND, YOU KNOW,
THERE’S THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING
INTERESTING.
I WAS WALKING THROUGH THE OFFICE
THE OTHER DAY AND I HEARD JUST
OUT OF MY EAR, I HEAR A YOUNG
LADY REALLY HESITANT, AND I KNEW
WHAT IT WAS.
I KNEW THE QUESTION AND SO I
WALKED UP AND SAID, WHAT ARE
YOUR RESERVATIONS?
AND SHE SAYS, WELL, JUST THE
IDEA OF OF MY ORGAN BEING IN
SOMEBODY ELSE.
SHE SAID, I DON’T THINK I CAN DO
IT.
I SAID, WELL, LET ME TELL YOU
FROM MY POINT OF VIEW, I’VE
WITNESSED 2 OR 3 TIMES A UNION
BETWEEN A DONOR FAMILY AND A
RECIPIENT, AND THEY SEE THE
EXPRESSION ON THE MOM’S FACE AS
SHE PUTS THE STETHOSCOPE AND
HEARS HER CHILD’S HEARTBEAT.
AGAIN, THAT SHE NEVER THOUGHT
SHE’D HEAR.
YEAH, IT’S IMPACTFUL.
OH.
SO MOVING.
SO YOUR OFFICE DOES OFFER THIS
SERVICE?
YES.
OKAY, WELL, WE DON’T WE DON’T DO
THE SURGERIES.
YEAH, YOU CAN MAKE THAT CLEAR.
YOU CAN REGISTER WITH OUR
OFFICE.
YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE AT
DONATE FLORIDA ORG.
OR YOU CAN COME INTO ANY OF THE
TAX COLLECTOR OFFICES ACROSS THE
STATE OF FLORIDA AND DO IT.
ALL RIGHT.
TALK TO US ABOUT THIS LOCAL
CELEBRITY LUNCH THAT YOU GUYS
ARE DOING AND WHO’S GOING TO BE
ATTENDING.
YEAH, OTHER THAN DURING COVID,
WE’VE DONE THIS IS OUR SEVENTH
TIME.
WE DID HAVE A BREAK FOR A COUPLE
OF YEARS THERE, AND IT’S LOCALLY
ELECTED OFFICIALS ACTUALLY SOME
SOME FOLKS FROM FROM LOCAL MEDIA
THAT COME IN AND THEY HELP SERVE
LUNCH AND THEIR, THEIR DONATION
OR THE TIPS THAT GO TO THOSE
FOLKS GO TO TO HELP RAISE MONEY
FOR ORGAN DONOR AWARENESS.
WE TYPICALLY RAISE BETWEEN 7 AND
$10,000 AT THIS LUNCH.
ALL RIGHT.
WONDERFUL CHRIS, ANYTHING ELSE
YOU WANT TO ADD BEFORE BEFORE WE
WRAP UP?
IT’S AN EXCEPTIONALLY NOBLE
CAUSE.
AND EVERY MAJOR RELIGION
SUPPORTS ORGAN DONATION.
SO PLEASE DON’T FIND ANY EXCUSE
BECAUSE THERE AREN’T ANY
REGISTERED AT DONATE LIFE,
FLORIDA.
ORG OR COMING TO YOUR LOCAL TAX
COLLECTOR’S OFFICE.
GREAT.
THANKS, CHRIS, SO MUCH FOR BEING
HERE AND TALKING ABOUT THIS
TODAY.
IF YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION,
YOU CAN HEAD TO OUR

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