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National Donor Sabbath
National Donor Sabbath 2015 will take place November 13-15. Get your House of Worship involved in raising awareness for organ and tissue donation. Find our resources below.
National Donor Sabbath
National Donor Sabbath, observed annually in November, seeks to educate faith-based communities about the need for organ, eye and tissue donors. This national initiative partners with faith leaders, houses of worship, and faith-based organizations to educate its congregations about the critical need for donors and to dispel myths and discuss religious beliefs about the donation process. It's important to note: All major religions in the United States support organ, eye and tissue donation as an unselfish act of charity.
More than 122,000 people across the United States, including more than 5,900 people in our region are listed for an organ transplant on the national organ transplant waiting list with thousands more awaiting corneal and tissue transplants. Gift of Life Donor Program provides speakers, brochures, materials, and religious resources FREE to faith-based organizations and houses of worship which promote National Donor Sabbath.
2015 NDS Materials Order Form - 34.7KB
Plan a Donor Sabbath activity such as inviting a Gift of Life represenative to speak, hold a donor registration drive, host a donor workshop, organize a candle lighting ceremony, add information about National Donor Sabbath in the bulletin, newsletter, Web site and e-mail, or highlight a person in your congregation who has a donation or transplant story. A prepared "Letter to the Clergy" is attached to assist the public with providing a Donor Sabbath event, please see attached.
2015 NDS Letter to Clergy - 49KB
Gift of Life Donor Program is seeking to partner with Houses of Worship and faith-based organizations to carry out activities that would increase education and donor designations for organ and tissue donation in Delaware, southern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania through the "It's About Life" Grant program. Grants of up to $2,000 each can be used to initiate a program or to enhance existing activities of organizations currently promoting organ and tissue donation.
For more information or to participate in National Donor Sabbath, please contact Leslie Jean-Mary at 1-800-DONORS-1, ext. 1172, LJean-Mary@donors1.org.
For information on the various religious summary statements click here.
Stories of Faith and Donation
Each volunteer group works closely with Gift of Life to implement programs and campaigns throughout the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.