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Gift of Life Donor Program works with hospitals and families throughout the region to help make transplants possible for thousands of patients.

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National Donor Sabbath

National Donor Sabbath is held every year during November. We encourage you to begin thinking about how your House of Worship can get involved in raising awareness for organ and tissue donation this year. Find our resources below.

National Donor Sabbath

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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 117,000 people across the United States, including more than 5,400 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.

Download 2016 NDS Materials Order Form

2016 NDS Materials Order Form - 151.0KB
Click here to access the Materials Order Form for your House of Worship.

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.

Download 2016 Letter to Clergy

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Please use this guide to approach local clergy members and community leaders about raising awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation during National Donor Sabbath 2016.

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 Rashida Brooks at 1-800-DONORS-1, ext. 1137,

For information on the various religious summary statements click here.

Stories of Faith and Donation

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National Donor Sabbath: Reverend James C. Burton, liver recipient

Since receiving his gift of a life-saving liver transplant in 2000, Rev. James C. Burton has been able to lead his church and inspire others to educate themselves about organ and tissue donation.

Clergy Spotlight: Rabbi Sussman on Organ Donation

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It’s easy to add the donor designation to your driver's license or state I.D. card. In Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Sign up today!

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Gift of Life works tirelessly to rewrite the stories for the more than 5,600 people in our region waiting for their second chance at life. The gift of organ and tissue donation truly can change someone's life and rewrite their story. How has the Gift of Life rewritten your story? Share with us.


National Donate Life Month

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April is National Donate Life Month! Help us raise awareness for organ and tissue donation and share incredible stories from people in our community!

Click here to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today!

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