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National Donor Sabbath
National Donor Sabbath - November 14-16, 2014
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 123,000 people across the United States, including more than 6,300 people in the 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 the National Donor Sabbath.
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 the 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.
NDS 2014 Letter to Clergy - 48KB
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 the National Donor Sabbath please contact Tammy Buscher at 1-800-DONORS-1, ext. 1137, TBuscher@donors1.org
NDS 2014 Materials Order Form - 40.5KB
Organ Donation Scripture References - 32.5KB
For information on the various religious summary statements click here.
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.