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Donor Sabbath

Donate the Gift of Life

National Donor Sabbath is observed annually on Friday through Sunday two weekends before Thanksgiving. This three-day observance seeks to include the days of worship for major religions practiced in the United States:

2013: November 15 - 17
2014: November 14 - 16
2015: November 13 - 15

During National Donor Sabbath, faith leaders from many religions, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals participate in services and programs to increase awareness of the need for the lifesaving and enhancing gifts passed to others through transplantation and encourage people to sign up in their state registry as organ, eye, tissue, donors.    

Why National Donor Sabbath?

Today, most faith communities are supportive of organ donation and the individual choices of its members.  Many view donation as an act of compassion and generosity. Since people often turn to their faith leaders for help when dealing with life and death issues, National Donor Sabbath provides an opportunity for faith communities to share their views and join in the conversation.

The Need Keeps Growing

While more than 100 million people are registered organ donors, we’re all needed—because the need for organs keeps growing. Currently, more than 120,000 people are on the organ transplant waiting list.* But not everyone will receive an organ in time. Sadly, an average of 18 people on the list will die each day, waiting for organs. Those who donate organs, tissues, and blood stem cells restore hope and share gifts beyond measure.

How Can Your Faith Community Get Involved?

Faith communities and individuals wishing to plan National Donor Sabbath events can contact their local organ procurement organization (OPO) or Donate Life America (DLA) chapter for additional information and support.  They can help you develop and implement strategies and identify speakers, such as a transplant recipient to share a personal story of getting a second chance at life.

National Donor Sabbath Materials are also available from the Division of Transpalntation and include a brochure, created as a resource to help faith leaders educate their congregations about organ donation, lapel pins, and general donation information materials. Local OPOs and DLA chapters also have materials to share.

> Donor Sabbath Materials
> Religious Views on Donation

For more National Donor Sabbath information, contact: Division of Transplantation: 301-443-7577

*OPTN, November, 2013.

 


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