When a loved one dies, family members may feel overwhelmed and making the important decision to donate may feel like a heavy burden. At this critical time, many look upon the support and guidance of their faith leaders to navigate this difficult time of loss.
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 about the critical need for donors, dispel myths, as well as discuss religious beliefs about the donation process. It is a time to celebrate the gift of life and give hope and to pray for those who have been impacted by donation and transplantation, while encouraging people to register to be a donor. All major religions in the U.S. support donation as an unselfish act of charity. This year’s National Donor Sabbath will be observed Nov. 12-14.
How to participate in 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 LifeNet Health to speak to your organization (virtually).
- Include information about donation in your newsletter, website and e-mails.
- Highlight a person in your organization who has a donation or transplant story.
- Share information about the impact of donation via social media.
More information and a detailed list of each religion’s stance on organ, eye and tissue donation, is available online.
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