October 20, 2017
National Donor Sabbath is a special opportunity for people of faith to honor those who have given the gifts of organ, eye and tissue donation and also to support those waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Unyts asks local religious communities to join us in marking National Donor Sabbath from Friday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 12. This three-day observance seeks to include the days of worship for major religions practiced in the United States.
Last year, more than 33,600 organ transplants took place in the U.S. Those gifts, from 9,970 deceased donors and 5,977 living donors, brought new life to patients and their families. For many, faith plays an important role in the decision to donate.
Below are some ways you can share information regarding National Donor Sabbath with your faith community or congregation:
- Address the need for organ, eye, tissue and blood donation through sermons, prayers and faith groups.
- Share information through bulletins, newsletters or emails.
- Provide a clear statement on your religion’s position on organ, eye, tissue, & blood donation. Members of your congregation may be unaware of the great need for donors.
- Organize a sermon, reading or testimonial by transplant recipient, donor family or living donor.
- Ask a member of your spiritual community who has been affected by donation to share a personal story.
- Encourage your community to pray for people awaiting transplant and those who have given the gift of life.
- Host a donor registry and/or blood drive to encourage people to sign up on the organ donor registry and donate blood.
Unyts has sample messages available that can be shared, as well as volunteers with connections to donation who may be available to speak.