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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.

Sharing the Message through Our Faith Communities

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Celebrate National Donor Sabbath from November 10 through November 12, 2017.




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 enrollments by participating in National Donor Sabbath November 11-13, 2016, 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 difference during National Donor Sabbath.

Here are three simple steps you can take:

1. Inform your religious leader that National Donor Sabbath takes place November 10-12, 2017. Request that 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 if you can help organize a speaker to attend services that weekend – a transplant recipient, donor family member or living donor. You may 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. Learn more and join the New York State Donate Life Registry. Then, tell your loved ones that you have made the decision to pass life on through donation. Encourage your relatives, friends and fellow worshipers to fulfill the true meaning and spirit of Donor Sabbath by enrolling in the donor registry.

 Some of the suggested activities during National Donor  Sabbath include:

  • Address the concept of passing life on through organ and tissue donation in sermons, prayers and homilies
  • Share information through bulletins, newsletters and web communications
  • Hold a prayer breakfast with speakers including local patients and donor families
  • During funeral services of a individual who passed life on through donation, and with the family’s approval, acknowledge the selfless gifts given.

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

Organ Donation Sermon Ideas (.doc)

Letter to Faith Leaders (PDF)

Donor Sabbath Newsletter Article (PDF)

Donor Sabbath Newsletter Announcement (PDF)

FAQs Talking Points Statistics National Donor Sabbath (PDF)

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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