Lodging and Support
Thousands of patients come to Philadelphia hospitals every year needing life-saving organ transplants. Family House will provide critically needed support programs and temporary lodging for organ transplant patients and their families.
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 114,700 people across the United States, including more than 6,500 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 2013 Letter to Clergy - 53.5KB
Gift of Life Donor Program also offers funding opportunities for houses of worship and faith-based organizations that wish to create and carry out events or activities that would increase education and donor designations to its congregation and the community in Delaware, southern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania through the "It's About Life" Grant program.
For more information or to participate in the National Donor Sabbath please contact Vanessa Duvert at 1-800-DONORS-1, ext. 1172, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Materials Order Form - 44.5KB
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.