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National Donor Sabbath

National Donor Sabbath provides an opportunity to discuss the critical need for organ and tissue donors and encourage organ donor registration in your house of worship.

National Donor Sabbath 2020 will take place Nov. 13-15. Click here to sign up to participate as an individual or on behalf of your house of worship.


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.

“Organ donation is a testimony of love for our neighbor…” – Pope Francis

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. Click here for access to our materials.

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.

Click here to sign up to participate in National Donor Sabbath.


National Donor Sabbath provides an opportunity to discuss the critical need for organ and tissue donors and encourage organ donor registration in your house of worship.

“Whether you call him God or Jehovah or Allah, it’s all God and can bring anyone together.” After tragedy brought them together, Carol and Kareem realized they shared a special bond through their faith and the life-saving legacy of organ donation.  Read the exceptional story or Carol and Kareem. 


Pastor Nicholas A. Smith of Bethany Baptist Church in Lindenwold, NJ discusses his connection with organ and tissue donation and the role this topic plays in his church.

How to promote National Donor Sabbath
  • Host activities such as a donor registration drive, donor workshop or candle lighting ceremony (in a socially distant setting or virtually).
  • Invite a representative from Gift of Life to speak to your organization (virtually).
  • Include information about donation in your newsletter, website and e-mails.
  • Highlight a person in your congregation who has a donation or transplant story.
  • Share information via social media.
  • Find even more materials through Donate Life America.

For more information, or to participate in National Donor Sabbath, contact
Leslie Jean-Mary at 1-800-DONORS-1, ext. 1172.