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National Donor Sabbath

National Donor Sabbath, November 15-17, 2013, is a time for faith leaders of all denominations across the region to alert their communities to the pressing need for organ and tissue donations to save lives.


 

Spreading the Message through Our Faith Communities

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National Donor Sabbath is an annual nationwide observance in November, and there is no cost to participate.

National Donor Sabbath 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 particularly important because 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 and holding donor enrollment events throughout the year.

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

Below are several resources to help share information about organ and tissue donation. 

Organ Donation Sermon Ideas (.doc)

Sample Bulletin Notice about Organ Donation (.doc)

Organ Donation Newsletter Article (.doc)

To Remember Me – A Poem(.doc)

If you have questions or would like assistance in raising awareness of organ donation, please email  (amy_jamesaturmcdotrochesterdotedu)   Amy James or call (585) 272-4930. 

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