When I first started following Alex’s career, three years ago, I regularly read comments on Alex’s Facebook page. There I first saw comments of support for ‘Taylor’s Gift‘. But for some reason, I read it wrong at first – I kept reading ‘Taylor Swift’. And I could not understand why followers of Alex should support Taylor Swift. 😀 It took me a while to realise what it was all about and that it was actually part of Alex’s support for ‘Donate Life’ and organ donation and Taylor’s Gift.
So I thought it might be a good idea to explain in short what Alex’s involvement with ‘Donate Life’ and ‘Taylor’s Gift’ is all about. And to provide the links to relevant information for new fans to see for themselves, how Alex got involved with it all.
From Donate Life Organ and Tissue Donation Blog
Hollywood – 12 June 2010
About Taylor Blue
In April 2013, during National Donate Life Month, Taylor’s Gift Foundation created a memorable way for registered organ donors to share their life-giving decision with others. With the help of OPI’s exclusive “Taylor Blue” nail lacquer, the “Paint it Forward” campaign was born, and quickly proved to be as effective as it was simple.
Starting spring 2013, supporters were encouraged to paint their nails Taylor Blue and share their photos through social media using #TaylorBlue. This simple show of support ended up exposing millions of people to the idea of becoming an organ donor.
Amazingly, this collaboration with OPI helped Taylor’s Gift launch the Legacy Gift program with nearly $40,000. The sales of Taylor Blue continue to help fund the Legacy Gift program and Taylor’s Gift mission.
This April (2014) Alex gave his support by signing some of the “Taylor Blue” nail polish bottles, to be sold.
Tweets from Taylor’s Gift @taylorsgift
As you can see, there was quite a number of the nail polish send out to Europe, Australia, a few to South America and plenty all over North America (even as far as Alaska and Hawaii). Not all of them were those signed by Alex, but also those of two other celebrities (We did try to find out how many Alex signed, but they most probably ignore our question, because they might have found it inappropriate to reveal the quantity 😦 )
In a previous post I asked our readers to share their stories about buying the nail polish and share their thoughts of participating with the cause, with us.
These are their stories:
Hi,I was able to buy the nail vanish in the second sale, just out of luck cause they were sold out in minutes but being me stubborn I kept going back for the next half an hour until one came back for sale.I have been an organ donor both in my country of origin, Italy and now in England where I live, proudly following my dad’s example, he has been an organ donor too for many years.I think it’s a very worthy cause, we are all scared when we think about death, but knowing that after I’m gone I could still help so many people is just heart-warming.Alex has been an inspiration as an ambassador for Donate Life and Taylor ‘s gift.Here is my little treasurehugs,Manu
I know I have said this before, but as a 40 plus woman, I should be a little bit ashamed to be so infatuated (obsessed) with an actor whom I have never even seen in person, but I AM NOT ONE BIT ASHAMED! Alex has shown through ‘Donate For Life’ and ‘Taylor’s Gift’ , that he isn’t just a pretty face. He is the epitome of a true humanitarian. He is humble, and giving of his time and apologizes for not being able to help more. I truly love every part of this man. He has a huge heart, a strong mind and boundless energy. ( a pretty face doesn’t hurt either 🙂 ) What foundation wouldn’t want a man like Alex to represent them in their cause?
I am a registered organ donor and have encouraged my 17 year old son to register also. I truly believe when my time on earth is up, I do not need to take anything with me. However, I must admit, that when I sat at my computer waiting for the stroke of 5 to order the nail polish, I wasn’t thinking about anyone but myself at that exact moment. I wanted so badly to have something that Alex had personally touched and signed! 😳 I did give an extra contribution to ‘Taylor’s Gift’, because I am a believer in organ donation and how it can change so many people’s lives. While I love the nail polish, I haven’t used it yet because I am worried his signature will rub off or I will accidentally get blue nail polish smudged over it. This is my first and only signed item from Alex, so it sits protected in its little brown box. I will probably get a clear box to display it sometime. Until I meet him in person and have him sign something else for me, this is all I have.
A big THANK YOU to Manu and Lurxgirl for sharing their thoughts about participating with #TaylorBlue and the ‘Paint in Forward’ campaign, with us.
Grab some tissues and watch Taylor’s story as told by her mother on the Ellen show : link
(Click on the logo to visit Taylor’s Gift)
We as fans can keep on supporting Alex and the charities he support, by spreading the word and participating wherever we are………..