We have all known the importance of donations in some form or the other. Donations can be in any form be it monetary or non monetary. When it comes to the value addition through donation we may never forget that “We rise by lifting others”. Donations given to others not only helps others who are the ‘takers’ but also it enhances the chastity of our soul. We are all created by the universe in order to help each other out. The wealth of the giver shall never dwindle because when we reach out to others we rise in some way or the other, by the usage of the term ‘wealth’ I do not wish to restrict it only to monetary wealth instead by this I mean everything that we possess.
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”―H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Till now if you aren’t convinced by the idea of giving then let me just explain you with an example- Look at the nature, we have trees, tree gives us oxygen, shade, fruits, shade and its other parts which are used for various other purposes. Do you think giving reduces a tree’s worth? Rather the more the qualities the better its value.
People are seen donating food, money, clothes and medicines but somehow they refrain from donations when it comes to personal donations. We often come across people who indulge themselves in donations involving monetary wealth but how often we come across people who donate their organs? I guess very few! Sometimes they say they want a less painful afterlife while some say that organ donation is against their religion. But does it hold any water? Several religions across the globe teach us the lesson of humanity and harmony, how come helping someone through your donation after your departure makes you against the religion? A part of you remains in this world when you choose to donate your organ, isn’t it mesmerizing?
“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”—Booker T. Washington
According to World Health Organisation An estimated 180 000 deaths every year are caused by burns – the vast majority occur in low- and middle-income countries. In India, over 1 000 000 people are moderately or severely burnt every year. And you know what you can do for them? You can help these patients by donating your skin to several organisations out there. “Donate skin to burn victim”. Skin is the largest organ of human body just imagine you are donating such a huge part of yours to help someone after your life. Doesn’t it sound great? Skin donation to burn victims is highly commendable!
“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.”—Mahatma Gandhi
Now coming to the stigma related to skin donations, here’s some skin donation information and a brief on skin donation procedure- people fear that their body will be torn apart and their skin ripped off, so they will never be able to find solace in their afterlives. Dear readers nothing like this actually happen, the process of skin donation is a hassle free affair. Skin can be donated within six hours from the time of death, skin is then taken out from things, legs and back without causing any sort of disfigurement or bleeding. So, you see no tearing you apart!
People also fear that their body will be taken to some skin donation bank and this will cause trouble to the relatives of the deceased person because the body can be manhandled! But to your surprise let me inform you this, that for skin donation there is no need to take the body of the deceased person to hospital or skin donation bank. A phone call from any relative will be more than enough for the skin donation banks to visit the place of death of the deceased person.
Now coming to the best part of skin donations. Physical ailments like diabetes or hypertension cannot stop an individual from donating his/her skin, only certain types of ailments like skin cancer, AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, STD, Jaundice, Tuberculosis, Septicemia and active skin disease stops you from donating your skin. Another positive point is this, there is no need of blood or tissue matching between donor and recipient, which is not the case of in other organ transplant. Skin can be stored in skin banks for five years this proves to be an advantage for several burn cases.
Now, you introspect all your fears have been addressed. Do you still think that skin donation can be a problem? We shall think it in this way, we are not only helping an individual with burns instead we are helping heal their kin too. No body likes to see their loved ones in pain, if a burn case patient is healed because of you in fact I should say after your demise then you will be helping a bunch of people. No religion is better than the religion of philanthropy.
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”―Pablo Picasso
Let us once think about the little children who accidentally end up burning themselves, the women who end up burning themselves accidentally in the kitchen or the factory workers who get burns through an accident. I am sure your heart goes out to them and we shall never forget the dowry burns caused by the in-laws, me and you together make the society I think of the number of patients we can save by giving something which will be of no use to us or own kin after our departure. Let us be a little more compassionate towards the society, let us help who can be helped by us. Let us love each other a little more and why can’t we be the first among our acquaintances to take part in this noble cause.
Ending with a very thought provoking quote hope it ignites the soul!
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”―Charles Dickens