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National Donor Sabbath is observed annually on Friday through Sunday two weekends before Thanksgiving. This three-day observance seeks to include the days of worship for major religions practiced in the United States.

During National #DonorSabbath, faith leaders from many religions, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals participate in services and programs to increase awareness of the need for the lifesaving and enhancing gifts passed to others through transplantation and encourage people to sign up in their state registry as organ, eye, tissue, donors.

Today, most faith communities are supportive of organ donation and the individual choices of its members. Many view donation as an act of compassion and generosity. Since people often turn to their faith leaders for help when dealing with life and death issues, National #DonorSabbath provides an opportunity for faith communities to share their views and join in the conversation.

While more than 100 million people are registered organ donors, we’re all needed—because the need for organs keeps growing. Currently, more than 120,000 people are on the organ transplant waiting list. But not everyone will receive an organ in time. Sadly, an average of 18 people on the list will die each day, waiting for organs. Those who donate organs, tissues, and blood stem cells restore hope and share gifts beyond measure.

 

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