Houses of worship are very important parts of the lives of many Tennesseans. As such, religious leaders play a significant role in ensuring their congregants are informed with accurate information that impacts their lives. Of course, the primary focus is faith, but faith can be magnified by the selfless act of giving life to others.
Fewer than 10 percent of people know their religion’s views regarding donation. Though beliefs differ, donation is seen as the highest form of giving by many denominations.
Encourage your congregation to share this life-saving message of “Give Thanks. Give Life” anytime of the year.
The need for life-saving donations is great. Over 116,000 people await life-saving transplants, and an average of 20 people die each day due to the lack of available organs. (OPTN data July 24. 2017)
ONE donor can save the lives of eight people through organ donation, and improve up to 50 more people through tissue donation.
Most major religions in the United States support organ and tissue donation as an honored and compassionate expression of generosity and love.
Celebrate the Gift of Life by spreading this life-saving message…
National Donor Sabbath
National Donor Sabbath raises awareness within religious communities about the urgent need for people to consider giving the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.
In Tennessee, over 2,800 people are waiting for an organ transplant. (OPTN data July 24. 2017) The need for transplants far exceeds the number of donations in the state. Sadly, one third from our area will die waiting for a transplant. TDS is dedicated to promoting National Donor Sabbath by reaching out to you and your congregation to help raise awareness about the critical need for organ/tissue donors. We are here to help inform and inspire your congregation to register as organ and tissue donors and share their decision about donation with family members today – in order to save lives tomorrow. All major religions support or permit donation and see it as an ultimate act of giving.
The second weekend of November was chosen for National Donor Sabbath because it is close to Thanksgiving and is viewed as an interfaith time to come together around an issue of life and thanksgiving. Many congregations have members who are donor families or recipients. Donor Sabbath allows faith leaders to recognize and honor those who gave the Gift of Life and celebrate the lives of those saved. We invite you and your congregation to partner with us locally to help save lives in our community.
Donor Sabbath outreach may take a number of forms:
- having a speaker at services,
- registration forms in bulletin,
- a donor drive after services,
- showing a spiritual video on donation during or after services.
Spiritual leaders and congregations in the community can play a vital role in encouraging people to learn the facts about donation and sign up to save lives on the Donor Registry. By addressing the issue of donation, you can be a catalyst for those discussions. Your role is vitally important to saving lives.
For more information regarding faith based activities or Donate Sabbath Sunday, please call your local TDS office at:
Nashville – 888.234.4440
Knoxville – 865.588.1031
Chattanooga – 888.234.4440
Tri-Cities/SW Virginia – 423.915.0808