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.
The 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. The theme highlights contemporary forms of tzedakah such as participating in medical research, donating blood and being an organ donor. contributions that can “Donate Life.” A Flickr album has an extensive collection of photos for this tzedakah in progress.
Donate Life - Tzedakah Side 1 Institute of Medical Research
(including images of the fabrication in the studio )
Fabrication of Donate Life - Institute of Medical Research
Donate Life - Graffiti painting of Tzedakah and balconies
(including images of the fabrication in the studio)
Fabrication of the balconies on Donate Life
Painting the Tzedakah graffiti
Tzedakah Side 3 Donate Life & Side 4 Organ Donation
(with images of the fabrication process in the studio)
Fabrication in the studio of “Donate Blood”, “Save a Life” and “Be a Donor” for Donate Life