2018 National Donor Sabbath Focuses on Being a Symbol of Hope
Posted November 8, 2018 in News Category
In 2018, National Donor Sabbath is focusing on the message of being a symbol of hope and compassion for the more than 114,000 people waiting for a lifesaving transplant. National Donor Sabbath is observed annually, two weekends before Thanksgiving. This year, National Donor Sabbath will be celebrated November 9-11. This three-day observance (Friday through Sunday) seeks to include the days of worship for major religions practiced in the United States.
National Donor Sabbath provides faith leaders an opportunity to bring the Donate Life message and cause of donation to their congregations and communities. During National Donor Sabbath, communities of faith participate in services and programs to educate their members about the need for donation, the generosity of the gift, and the importance of registering one’s decision to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor. It is a time to pray for health for recipients, strength for those waiting and healing for donor families. Moreover, it is a time to give thanks for registered donors, living donors, and the legacy of life given by deceased donors.
All major religions in the U.S. support donation as an act of love, charity, and generosity. For many people, faith plays an important role in their decision to register as a donor or to consider living donation.
This year, Donate Life America has created a new campaign for National Donor Sabbath to reflect the message: “Be a symbol of hope for those who are waiting.” The art and resources feature symbols for major religions within the United States. The phrase of “be a symbol” calls us to consider our role in the donation and transplantation journey of others. By registering as a donor, we are affirming our decision to be a donor and giving hope to those waiting for a donated organ, corneas, or tissues.
During National Donor Sabbath, Donate Life America will share the story of Kenny and Charlie, former Catholic high school classmates now connected by a lifesaving bond. Charlie was a living-kidney donor for Kenny. Kenny is now a practicing Buddhist and Charlie continues to follow his Christian faith. As Charlie says, “we were given a Catholic education, but I believe all faiths on the planet ultimately get back to the same place. It’s simple, love your neighbor.”
About Donate Life America
Donate Life America (DLA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization leading its national partners and Donate Life State Teams to increase the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available to save and heal lives. DLA manages and promotes Donate Life℠, the national brand for the cause of donation; motivates the public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors; provides education about living donation; manages the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org; and develops and executes effective multi-media campaigns to promote donation.
About Mid-America Transplant
Mid-America Transplant enables adults and children to receive lifesaving gifts through organ and tissue donations. For more than 40 years, it has facilitated and coordinated organ and tissue donation, and now serves 84 counties covering eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and northeast Arkansas that together are home to 4.7 million people. It saves lives by providing expert and compassionate care for organ and tissue donors, recipients and families, and transforms the clinical processes required to recover and transplant organs and tissues. Mid-America Transplant was the first such organization in the U.S. to use an in-house operating room for organ recovery and pioneered innovative models of increasing donor registry enrollment to provide more organs and tissues to those in need. It is federally designated as one of 58 such organizations in the U.S., and is the first organ procurement organization to be recognized as a recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Performance Excellence and a three-time recipient of the Missouri Quality Award.