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National Donor Sabbath

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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 from many religions, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals participate in services and programs to educate the public about the need for the lifesaving and healing gifts passed to others through transplantation, while also encouraging people to register their decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donors.

Donation and transplant professionals join faith communities to focus on the lifesaving and enhancing gifts passed to others through organ, tissue and blood stem cell donation. 

Many people turn to their faith leaders for help when dealing with life and death issues. Nearly every religion in the United States officially supports organ and tissue donation or supports the individual choices of its members. Donation is viewed by most religions as an act of compassion and generosity, and National Donor Sabbath is celebrated in many houses of worship, often with a transplant recipient sharing a personal story of receiving “a second chance at life.” Faith leaders, donor families, and transplant recipients participate in services and programs to increase awareness of donation and transplantation. Those who donate heal and strengthen not just their recipients, but families, friends, and the larger community.

Awareness of donation increases each year, but so does the need for donors. 119,902 people, including over 9,700 men, women and children here in New York, were on the organ transplant waiting list as of July 2016 despite the fact that more than 15,000 donors made nearly 31,000 transplants possible in 2015. Each year, thousands of Americans need corneal or other tissue transplants, and an average of 3,000 individuals at any given time are searching for an unrelated blood stem cell donor. Those who donate organs, tissue, and blood stem cells restore hope and share gifts beyond measure. Transplantation can save lives. If generous individuals and families say yes to donation and register as donors, miracles can happen…

  • A young woman who received a heart transplant at age 9 now elects college courses that will support her goal of becoming a pediatric cardiologist.
  • A woman in her 60’s received the gift of a liver from a man who died just a few days before his 93rd birthday
  • Donated tissue allowed a world class martial arts medalist to receive an allograft, return to competition, and win two world championships.
  • A Flamenco dancer who received a double lung transplant continues to teach children to dance and performed his thanks to his donor at the Federal government’s National Donor Recognition Ceremony in July 2009.

To request postage-paid registry enrollment brochures, posters, promotional items or a speaker, contact Melanie Evans at mevans@alliancefordonation.org or (518)326-3237 x 10.

Additional National Donor Sabbath Resources are available below:

INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

Download Sharing the Gift of Life: A Resource Guide for Faith Leaders on Organ and Tissue Donation and National Donor Sabbath

2016 Donor Sabbath Ideas

"To Remember Me" Candlelight Ceremony to Honor Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors

RELIGIOUS VIEWPOINTS, SUGGESTED READINGS AND SAMPLE SERMONS

Religious Views on Donation

Suggested Hymns

Baptist Sermon #1

Baptist Sermon #2

Christianity and Organ Donation - Overview and Readings

Judaism and Organ Donation - Overview and Readings

Judaism Sermon

Methodist Sermon

Presbyterian Sermon

Roman Catholic Sermon

NEWSLETTER CONTENT

Donor Sabbath Newsletter Content - Christianity 

Donor Sabbath Newsletter Content - Judaism

STORIES OF HOPE

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#DonorSabbath starts today! 3 days to focus on the lifesaving gifts passed to others through donation.

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