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Gift of Life Donor Program 'Pays it Forward' with Meal Delivery

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Nineteen times last year, Temple University Hospital employees traveled to Philadelphia’s Gift of Life Family House to cook meals for organ transplant patients and their families who are staying there.

Recently, Gift of Life Donor Program repaid that generosity when it delivered hundreds of meals to Temple employees fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We had been thinking of ways we could support the healthcare providers who are on the frontline,” says Richard Hasz, vice president of clinical services for Gift of Life. “Temple is one of the largest supporters of organ donation and the Family House’s Home Cook Heroes Program. This was our way of saying thank you.”

The Home Cook Heroes Program provides warm, home cooked meals each day, prepared entirely by volunteers like those from Temple.

“Temple’s support for organ donation hasn’t waned during this crisis, and we wanted to make sure their friends at Gift of Life were supporting them as well,” Hasz says. “It’s worth noting that the meals were delivered on Blue & Green Day, which highlights the importance of organ donation and our shared, life-saving mission.”