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During May 2015, New
Milford Public Library is displaying panel number one of Loving Squares, a quilt sponsored by LifeChoice Donor Services, the
organ procurement organization serving counties in Connecticut and
Massachusetts.Each square on the quilt
was hand-stitched by local families to commemorate the lives of their loved
ones who gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.
Started in 2002, the local quilt offers families a
meaningful way to memorialize their loved ones.The last stitch on each panel of the quilt will remain open, as the
quilt will never be finished.Each
square tells a personal story: you will find lyrics to songs, birth and death
dates, photographs, drawings, and remnants of clothing, all held together to
share this important message with our community---that one decision can save
The gift of life
can save the lives of eight people and dramatically improve the lives of as
many as fifty more. And the families of organs and tissue donors often say that
the decision to help others through donation has helped them heal. Today more than 120,000 Americans are
waiting for lifesaving organ transplants and many more wait for donated
tissues. Last year alone, organ donors saved more than 28,000 lives! This amazing gift of life makes each and every
donor a hero.
The quilt now on display here at the library includes the
memorial square of one such hero, Joseph Wohlschlaeger.Joey was an eleven-year-old boy when he
died.Active in our community, he was a
library user, Boy Scout, and youth baseball player.His Mom, Janis, describes him as “all boy.”He saved the lives of four people, truly a
In Connecticut only about 40% of adults are committed to
organ and tissue donation, a number below the national average.More education, information, exposure, and
outreach are needed in our state to bring us beyond average.We
hope that you will stop in to visit the Loving
Squares quilt on display here at the New Milford Public Library through the
end of May.Take a moment to view the
memorial squares from every hero.Information on becoming an organ and tissue donor is available at the
library, and feel free to register at http://donatelifenewengland.org/register/
Because of the obvious pun on the famous line from the first Star Wars movie - "May the Force be with you" - , May 4th has become known as Star Wars Day. This "holiday" was first observed by Star Wars fans in 2011 in Toronto to celebrate the franchise's film series, books and culture. With the enormously anticipated December 18th release of the series' 7th movie, Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (there have been more than 49 million views of the second official teaser on YouTube), this year's celebration was probably acknowledged by more fans than ever.