National Donor Sabbath is observed annually two weekends before Thanksgiving, from Friday, November 12th through Sunday, November 14th. 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 life-enhancing gifts provided to others through transplantation, and encourage people to register their decision to be organ, eye, and tissue donors.
Thanks to the selfless acts of donors, more than 39,000 organs from 18,300 donors gave new life to transplant patients throughout the United States in 2020. During that same timeframe, more than 66,000 corneas provided restored sight and 58,000 tissue donors provide lifesaving and life-enhancing tissue for hundreds of thousands more.
We invite the public to share National Donor Sabbath social media posts and downloadable resources with local communities and houses of worship (great to include in a program, newsletter or email communication) by visiting the LifeLink Foundation website. In addition, LifeLink will host “Call the Chaplain” through a livestream on Facebook and YouTube to share how hospital chaplains support the organ and tissue donation process, and provide viewers with the opportunity to discuss faith and donation through a Q&A session. Guest panelists will include Rev. Symonette, Rev. Dr. Walters and the public will also have a chance to hear faith-based perspectives from a donor mom as well as a transplant recipient.
We encourage everyone to follow LifeLink of Florida and Georgia during National Donor Sabbath on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to help share the message of donation. Please reach out to LifeLink to find out more ways on how you can get involved.
You can also register to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor by visiting www.LifeLinkFoundation.org. Don’t forget to share your donation decision with your family and friends.