A Broomall teen joins her family in making a major commitment to a locally-based organ donor program and its facility for patients awaiting transplants.
Mitzvah Hero: Natalie Rose Noye, 13, of Broomall, has joined her family in ongoing efforts to support the Gift of Life Family House/Organ Donor Program in Old City.
What It’s All About: Raising funds for Family House — a nonprofit charity that provides housing and services for transplant patients awaiting or undergoing surgery as well as their families — hit home for the member of Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid in Broomall. She is the third of her siblings to benefit the organization through a Bar/Bat Mitzvah project, raising some $10,000 in total: Brother Marshall, now 18, raised money to contribute to building the actual house; sister, Sarah, now 15, raised money for the grand opening; "and I raised money to help sustain Family House and keep it going.”
All with good reason: When their dad, Scott, 44, was 28, he needed a cornea transplant in his left eye. Without assistance from the Gift of Life “and the generosity of his donor family, my Dad would have been blind in his left eye and possibly in his right," Noye says.
Not a One-Time Thing: The Noyes make a noise about the importance of helping the organ donor program on an ongoing basis. They have contributed food and appliances, and cooked for patients on innumerable occasions, the teen says. The rising eighth-grader at Paxon Hollow Middle School also has joined her family many times in pounding the pavement on the charitable group’s behalf in the DASH for Organ Donor Awareness. And, not surprisingly, the whole clan was there for the groundbreaking and grand opening of the Family House.
Good for Her: “Doing mitzvot makes me feel good about myself,” says the teen.
She notes that she was especially moved when one family “waiting for a heart transplant came over to talk to us and thanked us for the wonderful meal we cooked them,” grateful that they could “make their stay a little easier and more enjoyable."
“That’s why we do it!”