Education Corner: National Donor Sabbath 2018

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In 2018, National Donor Sabbath will be observed November 9-11.

Observed annually in November, National Donor Sabbath is recognized and celebrated by major religions, donor families, transplant recipients, and professionals within the donation and transplantation community. This three-day observance takes place from Friday through Sunday in an effort to include the main days of worship for practicing religions in the United States. During National Donor Sabbath, faith leaders from various religious backgrounds come together to educate the public about the critical need for life-saving organ and tissue donations given to others through transplantation. Collectively, they encourage people within their community to register their decision to be organ, eye, and tissue donors.

As many people turn to their faith when faced with life and death, it’s important to note that all major religions view donation as an act of compassion and generosity. For more information on what your religion believes about donation, please click here.

How Can Your Faith Community Help Save Lives Through Donation?

  • Hold a viewing of The Wish – A Story of Faith, Hope and Generosity to inspire others to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.
  • Incorporate the “God, Each Day You Give is Precious” hymn in your church proceedings to encourage organ, eye and tissue donation. Courtesy of Carolyn Winfree Gillette.
  • Partner with your local Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) and invite a representative to host a table display and/or speak at events involving your faith community.
  • Share your story about how donation and transplantation has personally impacted your life.
  • Show your support through social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by using the graphics provided by Donate Life America.

To access the resources mentioned above and for more information about how to get involved, please visit Donate Life America.


RESOURCES

https://www.organdonor.gov/about/donors/religion.html

https://www.donatelife.net/nds/

https://www.organdonor.gov/awareness/organizations/local-opo.html

https://www.donatelife.net/thewish/

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Corey joins The Alliance with more than ten years of experience in corporate and non-profit fields, having worked in Communications for The Walt Disney Company and most recently, Public Relations for TransLife, the OPO serving Central Florida. He has also been an active board member of Donate Life Florida, serving as state team leader for the Driver License Outreach taskforce. Corey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Information Sciences from The University of Alabama. In his spare time, he is an avid music and theater enthusiast, enjoys traveling, Crimson Tide Football and serving on the board for several local charities in the Orlando area.
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