It is not uncommon for transplant recipients to be unexpectedly admitted into hospital straight from clinic or emergency. During this time, recipients are generally coming to terms with news about their health and understandably forget the little things they need. Wanting the recipients to feel the best they possibly can under the circumstances, we supply ‘Necessity Bags’ to the hospitals who in turn, give to the patients in order to lift spirits.
The necessity bags are filled with small practical items for use during their time in hospital. The bags contents can vary depending on donations, however, we strive to include a toothbrush, toothpaste, body wash, body lotion, shampoo, conditioner, shaving crème (for boys only), razor (for boys only), mug, milo or tea satchels, mints or chocolates, loofa (for girls only), notepad, pen, hand sanitiser or wipes, socks and lip balm..
These items are purchased with money donated or often given to us in bulk. If you feel you’d like to help either financially for through product donation, please contact us.
Post transplant is not always an easy road as rejection, cancer, renal failure, infection and other health problems may occur. When this happens recipients can feel alone as they cope with their new state of health. Our ‘Care Bags’ are posted by mail or hand delivered to the recipient’s house giving them a little TLC. These bags include items to encourage expression, positive mental health, self love and are created on each individual need. However, a generic bag would include a colour therapy book, pencils, journal, handmade blanket, hand knitted scarf, bath/shower products, candle, CD, DVD, book, tea cup and saucer.
Some recipients love to share their stories in the hopes of inspiring others like them and to help others understand what its like. We know many recipients available to tell you their story and experiences at schools, corporate events and to hospital staff. If you’d like to book a speaker please contact us.
LOVE YOU, LOVE LIFE
We want our female recipients to love life, experiencing it to its fullest but we know that’s difficult if you don’t love yourself. “Love you, Love Life” gives female recipients the opportunity to gather at a five star venue for a day where they learn skills to feel good regardless of body changes and drug side effects. The whole day is a chance for female recipients to talk to each other in an open and friendly environment.
The day includes:
- Makeup application taught by professionals to cover scars, swollen cheeks and any other concerns.
- Skin care for dehydrated skin and sun exposure.
- Fashion styling by Antoinette from All About Style for new figures, bloated stomachs and fashionable sun protection.
- Lunch, dessert and morning/afternoon tea.
- Recipients realising and reaching their potential post transplant.
NEW VIDEO EVERY THURSDAY
Gifted Life’s YouTube channel is hosted by our founder Lauren Rowe. She explores various topics concerning life as a transplant recipient through skits, vlogs, interviews and serious talks that not only entertain by educate everyone about organ donation and transplant while reminding other like her that they aren’t alone. Clips are uploaded every Thursday and can be watched via the Youtube channel with the latest work displayed on the media page of this website.