Connecting lives by depicting the men, women and children who have given the gift of hope through the act of donation.

Our Donor Quilt honors legacies and connects lives by depicting the men, women and children who have given the gift of hope through donation. It helps families pay homage to their loved ones’ legacies and extend the impact of their precious gifts. Quilt panels travel throughout Illinois and northwest Indiana for display at public events, memorials and meetings to tell the donation story in a powerful way — through words and pictures of a life remembered.

How to Make a Memorial Square

Use this printable template with instructions and helpful hints to help you create a Memorial Square to honor your loved one.

Download Template
Redesign the Quilt Square Directions Document

Share Your Story

Each Memorial Square of our Donor Quilt represents a life and tells a story. We invite you to share that story about the square’s design and what participating in the quilt project means to you. We will post stories on our Web site and in booklets that travel with the quilt panels. Please send your donation story with your Memorial Square along with completed authorization form. Please keep your story to 100 words or less.

Download and Complete the Authorization Form

Shipping Instructions

Please consider submitting a story about your loved one to accompany the memorial square.

Each Memorial Square of our Donor Quilt represents a life and tells a story. We invite you to share that story about the square’s design and what participating in the quilt project means to you. We will post stories on our Web site and in booklets that travel with the quilt panels. Please send your donation story with your Memorial Square along with completed authorization form. Please keep your story to 100 words or less.

  • The best way to send a memorial square is through an insured carrier or registered mail.
  • Enclose the square in a zip-lock plastic bag to ensure that it arrives clean and safe.
  • Take a picture of the square before sending it to Gift of Hope so you will always remember your design.
  • Include your name, address and phone number on a separate piece of paper and mail it along with your memorial square and/or story and a signed authorization form to:
    Donor Family Services

    Attn: Quilt Project
    Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network
    425 Spring Lake Drive
    Itasca , IL 60143-2076

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Gift of Hope has teamed up with LifeGoesOn.com to make it easy to become an organ and tissue donor. Visit www.lifegoeson.com to join the registry today.

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