Gift of Life Donor Trees

As each holiday season approaches, MORA likes to honor and remember our donor families and their loved ones who have given the Gift of Life through organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Our tradition of recognizing our donor heroes during our annual Gift of Life Donor Tree ceremonies continues. Although we will not be holding large in-person gatherings, we will still honor our heroes and their gifts through our Gift of Life Donor Trees.

This year, MORA staff will place our donor hero ornaments on behalf of our donor families who have participated in our Donor Tree ceremonies in the past. For new donor families (families whose loved one gave their gift during October 2022 – September 30, 2023), please see the ornament instructions below.

Gift of Life Donor Trees will be placed at the following locations:

  • Edgewater Mall, 2600 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39531
  • Northpark Mall, 1200 E County Line Rd, Ridgeland, MS 39157
  • Turtle Creek Mall, 1000 Turtle Creek Dr, Hattiesburg, MS 39402
  • The Mall at Barnes Crossing, 1001 Barnes Crossing Rd, Tupelo, MS 38804*

*Please note the location change from previous years

We will announce on social media as each Gift of Life Tree comes on display so that you and your loved ones may visit the tree at your convenience.

We encourage you to share photos/videos of your loved one’s ornament on your personal Christmas tree or on our Gift of Life Trees throughout the holiday season and tag MORA on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter (@donatelifems). We would love to be a part of any special way you honor or remember your loved one during the holiday season, and we would like to share it with our broader Donate Life community in an effort to celebrate together “virtually.” Again, please tag us (@donatelifems) and use the hashtags #GiftofLife2023 and #DonateLifeMS.

We are forever grateful for your giving spirit that has changed and saved many lives. Your MORA family is wishing you love and peace as you hold special memories in your hearts this season!

How may we help?

MORA is here to support you in any way that we can. We realize this season can be difficult for those grieving, so we encourage you to take special care of yourself. Click here for ideas and suggestions that you may find helpful.

For any questions or for additional support, please contact our Coordinator of Aftercare, Vicki Shoemake at or (601) 622-6769.

Ornament instructions for new donor families:

For families whose loved one gave their gift during October 2022 – September 30, 2023, please email a photo of your donor hero to our Coordinator of Aftercare, Vicki Shoemake, at along with the following:

  • the name of your loved one as you would like it displayed on the ornament
  • your name and mailing address
  • the tree location at which you would like your hero’s ornament to be placed on display

We will utilize this photo to create an ornament to be displayed on the tree of your choosing as well as for an ornament that we will mail to you as a keepsake.