2018 National Donor Sabbath
November 9-11, 2018
Spreading the Word about the Critical Need for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors
For many people, faith plays an important role in their decision to register as an organ and tissue donor. The National Donor Sabbath is an opportunity to share the importance of donation with your community. During this three-day observance, faith leaders are encouraged to educate the public about the need for organ, eye and tissue donors.
The transplant waiting list is much larger than the number of eligible donors. Sadly, an average of 22 people die each day in the U.S. because of the shortage of organs. Meanwhile, a new person is added to the wait list every 10 minutes. More than 114,000 people need a lifesaving organ.
Please share the downloadable information below with your church, synagogue, mosque, temple or communities of faith — help us spread the word about the importance of donation.
All major religions in the U.S. support donation as an act of love, charity and generosity.
Frequently Asked Questions, Talking Points and Statistics:
What is National Donor Sabbath?
National Donor Sabbath is observed annually, two weekends before Thanksgiving, from Friday through Sunday. This three-day observance seeks to include the days of worship for major religions practiced in the United States. During National Donor Sabbath, faith leaders and their communities participate in services and programs to educate the public about the importance of registering as organ and tissue donors.
What are the benefits of being an organ, eye and tissue donor?
- Registering as a donor means your family won’t have to make this important decision on your behalf during a time of trauma and loss.
- You can save up to 8 lives with organ donation and heal up to 75 others with the gift of tissue.
- Most families find comfort knowing that their loved one helped make life possible for others.
Is there a cost to the donor?
There is no cost to the donor’s family for donation. The donor family pays only for medical expenses before death and costs associated with funeral arrangements.
Am I too old or sick to be a donor?
People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.
Does my place of worship support organ, eye and tissue donation?
All major religions in the U.S. support donation as a final act of compassion and generosity.
Does donation affect funeral plans?
An open casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process, the body is treated with care and respect. Funeral arrangements can continue as planned following donation.
How can I become an organ, eye and tissue donor?
Register your decision to be a donor at Donate Life California. Always remember: it is important to tell your family members that you have signed up as a donor, so they will know your decision to save and heal lives.
What can I do to increase organ, eye and tissue donation in my community?
- Go to Lifesharing.org for tips and tools for educating your community about the lifesaving gift of donation.
- Encourage your friends and family to register as donors at the DMV or at Lifesharing.org.