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"Organ donation is a testimony of love for our neighbor..." - Pope Francis

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“Onyi’s eyes were yellow, her stomach was swollen and she needed a feeding tube.  Our hope was really in God at that point – for Him to do his best.  Our transplant team was amazing.  They are our angels.” – Edith Kenine. Watch Onyi’s story below.

No major organized religion objects to organ and tissue donation. Learn more about your faith’s perspective on donation and how to bring donation education into your house of worship.

Rev. Burton, liver transplant recipient and Bishop Rideout

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.

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. Access our Materials Order Form.

Plan a Donor Sabbath activity such as inviting a Gift of Life representative 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.

Download our prepared “Letter to the Clergy” designed to assist with hosting a National Donor Sabbath event at your house of worship.

It’s About Life Grant Program

Gift of Life Donor Program partners with Houses of Worship and faith-based organizations to increase education about organ and tissue donation as well as increase donor designations through our “It’s About Life” grant program.

Grants are awarded in amounts up to $2,000 to tax-exempt, non-profit organizations and houses of worship in Gift of Life’s service region (eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware).  Grants are awarded to applicants that are committed to developing and implementing educational programs designed to increase education and organ and tissue donor registration. Grant applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed by members of Gift of Life Clergy Advisory Council and Donors are Heroes Committee.

Download grant guidelines and application. Contact Leslie Jean-Mary, Multicultural Outreach Coordinator, with any questions.

Featured Stories

Find stories of how members of the organ donation and transplant community used faith through their own personal journey. Find faith-based inspiring stories here.