This tzedakah box, titled “Donate Life,” is dedicated to the idea that each of us has the power to save a life by donating blood, registering as a donor on our driver license, or participating in medical research. These common actions exemplify the highest form of tzedakah (as defined by Maimonides) in which the donor and the receiver do not need to know one another, yet the gift enables the beneficiary to recovery and become a contributing member of society. Donating blood, becoming an organ donor, or participating in medical research can literally change a person’s life.
This tin used for this tzedakah box portrays the iconic I. Magnin building in San Francisco, California. The tin has been repurposed as a tzedakah box. This is similar to how older buildings in San Francisco are renovated for a new purpose (including the Contemporary Jewish Museum and many others in downtown San Francisco). The theme of tzedakah highlights contributions that can “Donate Life.” A Flickr album has an extensive collection of photos for this tzedakah in progress.
Photos of each side of the tzedakah box are shown below.
- Institute of Medical Research
- Donate Blood - Save a Life
- Be A Donor - Parking Karma
The fourth side: Tzedakah (righteousness)
Institute of Medical Research
Fabrication of Institute of Medical Research
The second side: Donate Blood - Save a Life
Behind the Scene
The third side: Be A Donor - Parking Karma
The fourth side: Tzedakah
Donate Life is a Tzedakah box about donating blood, donating your organs (by designation on your Driver License) and participation in medical or clinical research. None of these actions cost the participant money, but can save a life, and contribute to society.
This view shows the fire escape balconies, adjunction with the Institute for Medical Research and the Be a Donor - Parking Karma.
The interesting in this side is a graffiti style mural at the street level painted directly on the tin.
Behind the Scene and more close-up views