Philadelphia Presbyterian working to increase organ donation awareness

An organ donation can save a life. Sometimes, it is the only thing that can, and knowing as much as possible about how the organ donation system works could help save many lives.

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 118,211 people are waiting for an organ, 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ, and a single organ donor could save as many as eight lives.

Spurred by a member of the congregation who needs an organ transplant and his family, Philadelphia Presbyterian has been actively promoting organ donation awareness.

Doctors discovered a tumor in Philadelphia Presbyterian member Tom Watson’s liver last December, and since mid-February, Tom has been on the list for a new liver, which is the most-needed organ transplant in the U.S., with 96,249 people on the waiting list.

“It’s definitely the support to know that people are surrounding us and trying to take this opportunity to move forward and help people in the future so that there are more people aware of the good things about being an organ donor,” said Mardy Watson, about what the program has done for her and her husband.

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News Notes and Happenings

Business Expo

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce is holding its first-ever business expo March 14, 4–7 pm, at Blair road United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 9135 Blair Road. The Expo is free to attend. For more information, visit minthillchamberofcommerce.com.

Easter Eggstravaganza

Philadelphia Presbyterian Church will be hosting Easter Eggstravaganza! Saturday, March 23, 10 am, at Wilgrove Park, 7750 Jim Harper Lane in Mint Hill. The event is for children in third to fifth grade, will feature an egg hunt, crafts, and games. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own Easter basket.

Schoolhouse Rock auditions

Spotlight Performing Arts is currently holding auditions for a performance of Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr., first come first serve, Saturday March 16, at 10 am. Students should prepare 16 bars of a song to sing a Capella, a side to read will be provided. For more information, email info@spotlightacademyonline.com. Spotlight is located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

BBQ Fundraiser

Arlington Baptist Church is hosting a BBQ fundraiser to support summer missions on Saturday, March 16, 11 am to 4 pm. Tickets are on sale now for $7 for a plate with barbecue, slaw, beans, and roll, or $7 per pound. for more information, call the church office at 704-545-4589, or at their website, www.arlingtonchurch.com.

Consignment Sale

Arlington Baptist church will hold a children’s consignment sale March 15-16, with a consignors shop Friday, 6 to 7 pm, early bird Friday, 7 to 9 pm, open to the public Saturday 8 am to noon, with half price 12:30 to 1:30 pm. For more information, visit www.arlingtonchurch.com/consignment.

Walk With the Cross

Mint Hill Baptist Church, along with other area churches, will participate in the annual Walk With the Cross Friday, March 29 at noon. Church members will carry a cross from Mint Hill Baptist to the intersection of Matthews-Mint Hill Road, stopping to read passages along the way.

VFW/VFD BBQ

The Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department and Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold their semi-annual fundraiser BBQ, all day April 6 at 11341 Bain School Road in Mint Hill. For more information, visit www.vfwpost4059.org.

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