How You Can Help

None of our work would be possible without the generosity of others.

The gift of renewed sight through cornea transplantation starts with the compassion of a designated donor or donor family and is supported by hospital partners and many others in the community. View below to learn of several ways you can help us make a difference in the communities we serve.

Spread The Message

We encourage you to spread the important message about donation with everyone you know: family, friends, employers, employees, colleagues, neighbors and so on!

Listed below are a few ways you can spread the message throughout the year.

MARCH

Stride for Sight Run/Walk

Since 2017, three partnering community non-profit organizations: Lions Sight Research Foundation, San Antonio Eye Bank and Guide Dogs of Texas, Inc. Have collaborated to host the Stride for Sight 5K in San Antonio, Texas. Together the organizations are focused on Saving Sight, Changing Lives.


  • The date of the next run/walk is: Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • Please visit the upcoming events section of our website to learn about the event.


APRIL

National Donate Life Month


Celebrated in April each year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage individuals to register as organ, eye and tissue donors on their state donor registry.


  • Distribute San Antonio Eye Bank's Donate Life brochures in your company's break room, home owner's association gatherings, church choir rehearsals, etc. Contact us to receive brochures, free of charge
  • Visit our Facebook page to learn about events hosted during the month as well as to share videos and photos posted to highlight donation and transplantation

AUGUST

National Minority Donor Awareness Month


The observance was formerly known as National Minority Donor Awareness Day. Donate Life America announced that starting in 2020, the observance will focus on engaging multicultural communities during the entire month. 


  • Please re-visit our website later in the year for suggested ideas on how to spread the Gift of Sight, Donate Life message for this observance.

NOVEMBER

National Eye Donation Month


Since it was proclaimed by President Ronald Regan in 1983, eye banks across the country have used the the month as an opportunity to educate the public on the importance of registering to be a donor, educating and inspiring the community on cornea donation and transplantation and acknowledge the

important work of eye banks across the globe.

  • On each Friday of the month, wear a Donate Life                themed button. Share information about donation to anyone who asks you about your button, you’ll be surprised how many conversations the button will spark.


NOVEMBER

National Donor Sabbath & Bridging Lives, Dia de los Muertos


National Donor Sabbath is three day observance that occurs during the month of November. The observance seeks to include houses of worship for major religions practiced in the U.S., in order for congregations to come together to learn about and celebrate donation and transplantation, and pray for those affected by it.

  • Host a Donate Life awareness table at your house of worship or prayer breakfast.


Bridging Lives, Dia de los Muertos Donor families are invited to decorate a Bridging Lives Altar with photos and mementos at a community event in San Antonio as a part of Dia de los Muertos.


Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead celebrates death as part of the human experience and honors the lives of the deceased with festivals and lively celebrations. For more information on decorating the Bridging Lives Altar, please call or email us.

DECEMBER/JANUARY

Donate Life Rose Parade Float


Host a New Year's Day celebration party and view the Donate Life Float during the nationally broadcasted Pasadena Rose Parade

 

  • Purchase a rose in honor of a loved one or friend in the Rose Dedication Program that will be place on the float.

Volunteering

We invite you to help us educate the diverse population of San Antonio and South Texas about eye and cornea donation.


This includes eye and cornea donor family members, transplant recipients, friends of deceased donors, friends of transplant recipients, and donor advocates.


By sharing how you have been touched by donation, you have the power to inspire others to become donors and give the gift of sight. Download the Volunteer Interest Form and mail to:


Simera Nichols
Hospital and Community Relations
San Antonio Eye Bank
9150 Huebner Road, Suite 105
San Antonio, Texas 78240

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Financial Contributions

The San Antonio Eye Bank is supported through service fees and contributions from people like you.

Your financial contribution will help us to support donor recognition programs as well as educate the community on the need for donation. The San Antonio Eye Bank is a registered 501(c) (3) non-profit organization; donations are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.


Donate Online

You can make a gift on-line through FirstGiving.

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Tributes and Memorials

A donation can be a poignant way to remember a recently deceased friend or relative, commemorate a transplant anniversary and celebrate a birth, wedding or shower. A personalized Gift of Sight, Donate Life letter or certificate will be sent to the person being honored or to the family of the memorial recipient, upon request.

In Lieu of Flowers

All funds donated in memory of your loved one will be designated to raise awareness about cornea donation as well as to support donor hero family recognition and grief support programs. A personalized Gift of Sight, Donate Life letter or certificate will be sent to the family of the person being honored, upon request. 

Matching Gifts

Many companies match their employees charitable contributions. Matching gift programs offer an excellent way for you and your company to work together to give the gift of sight. Some companies also match gifts from corporate officers and directors, retired employees, spouses and widows/widowers. Ask your Human Resources department if your company will match your contribution.


Mailing Your Donation:

Please make the check or money order payable to: San Antonio Eye Bank.

Make sure to indicate if your gift is “in memory of” a friend or loved one 

or “in honor of” an occasion or someone special. Mailing to:


Attn: Tributes and Memorial

San Antonio Eye Bank

9150 Huebner Road, Suite 105

San Antonio, TX 78240 


Register To Donate The Gift of Sight

In 2005, Texas joined 40 other states in the country in creating the ability for individuals to regi

www.donateLIFEtexas.org Registering to become an organ, eye, and tissue donor helps ensure your wish to donate will be carried out.


It is important for your family to know and understand your decision to become a donor, so discuss your choice with them today. Registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor can lift the burden of making a donation decision from family members. 


Your generosity can restore sight to two people and heal up to 75 lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.

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