If you decide to write to the transplant recipients, consider sending a hand-written or typed card or letter. We have listed some suggestions for you to consider when writing. If you would like further assistance, please contact our Family Services staff at familyservices@lopa.org or 1-800-521-GIVE.

You may want to tell something about your loved one:

This short video includes some writing tips and advice from a donor family member and a transplant recipient about writing correspondence.

  • Names may be included

  • Your loved one's family (parents, sisters, brothers, marital status, children, grandchildren)

  • Your loved one's hobbies or interests

  • Talk about your loved one's work or occupation

When mailing your card or letter be sure to:

  • Include a separate piece of paper with your loved one's full name and date of donation.

  • If you are writing to several recipients, you may want to send a separate letter to each. If you prefer, we will make copies of your letter and forward it to each recipient.

Please mail your card or letter to:

Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency

ATTN: Family Services

68190 Highway 190 Service Rd.

Covington, LA 70433

Sample letter - Writing to Recipients

Please click on the link below to see the sample letter.

Note: This is only an example to help get you and your family started in writing your very personal letter. The scenarios in the letter are fiction, both people and the theme.

Writing to Recipient - Sample Letter for Donor Family

Will I hear from the recipients?

You may or may not receive a response from them. Most recipients are delighted to share information about themselves and may respond immediately. Others may find it difficult to respond to your gesture at this time. Some may never be able to write.

Thank you for writing to the recipients. We know that they appreciate hearing from the donor families. We also understand how difficult it may be for you to write to them. We thank you for your thoughtfulness.

For more information, please contact us at familyservices@lopa.org or 1-800-521-GIVE (4483).