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National Donor Sabbath

National Donor Sabbath, two weekends before Thanksgiving, is a time for faith leaders of all denominations across our region to alert communities to the pressing need for organ and tissue donations to save lives.

Spreading the Message through Our Faith Communities

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Celebrate National Donor Sabbath from November 13 through November 15, 2015.




National Donor Sabbath is an annual nationwide observance in November, two weekends before Thanksgiving. There is no cost to participate.

It is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, together with national, State, and local donation organizations, faith communities, health providers, community organizations, and concerned individuals.

Clergy participation is important.

People look to their faith leaders for guidance on serious decisions in their lives.

Faith leaders of all religious denominations, along with other community leaders, can build awareness and help increase organ donation sign-up by participating in National Donor Sabbath Nov. 13-15, 2015, and holding donor enrollment events throughout the year.

You and your fellow congregants can also help save lives.

If you are a congregational member of a house of worship you, too, can make a huge difference during National Donor Sabbath.

Here are three simple steps you can take:

1. Inform your religious leader that National Donor Sabbath takes place Nov. 13-15, 2015. Request that the he or she devotes a sermon to organ donation and how religion encourages all of us to save lives. Organ Donation Sermon Ideas (.doc)

2. Ask your religious leader whether you can help organize a speaker to attend services that weekend – a transplant recipient, donor family member or living donor. You can contact Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network to arrange a speaker, and we can also provide you with free materials to hand out. Please check out contact information — how to reach Amy James — below.

3. Join the New York State Donate Life Registry – you can find out more here. Then, tell your loved ones that you have made the decision to give the Gift of Life. And encourage your relatives, friends and colleagues to fulfill the true meaning and spirit of Donor Sabbath by enrolling in the donor registry.

2015 Press Release in NEWS & VIEWS: Help Share the Message of Hope During National Donor Sabbath


National Donor Sabbath 2015


Some of the suggested activities during National Donor  Sabbath include:

  • Address the subject in sermons, prayers and homilies
  • Share information through bulletins and newsletters and web communications
  • Hold a prayer breakfast with speakers including local patients and families of donors
  • During funeral services, and with the family’s approval, acknowledge the gifts of donation

Resources to Help Share Information About Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

Organ Donation Sermon Ideas (.doc)

Sample Donor Sabbath Newsletter Announcement (.doc)

Sample Donor Sabbath Newsletter Article (.doc)

To Remember Me – A Poem (.doc)

Pope Francis Supports Organ Donation — “A Testimony of Love for Our Neighbor.”

Contact Us to Participate in National Donor Sabbath:

If you wish to promote organ donation National Donor Sabbath, you can obtain free materials, as well as information about our Speakers Bureau program. Please email Amy James  (Amy_Jamesaturmcdotrochesterdotedu)   or call 585-272-4930.

Thank you so much for caring about others who need our compassion and love.

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