National Donor SabbathNovember 12th, 2010
15TH ANNUAL NATIONAL DONOR SABBATH NOVEMBER 12-14, 2010 SAVE LIVES NEW YORK!
This November, the New York Alliance for Donation invites religious leaders and congregants in our region’s houses of worship to celebrate the miracle of organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation, by launching DONOR REGISTRATION DRIVES! Please contact us for sample sermons!
Although all major religions support organ, eye and tissue donation, many individuals do not enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry; likewise, too many families do not consent, when their loved one has not documented his or her legal wishes, because they believe incorrectly that their religion does not support donation.
The purpose of National Donor Sabbath, a program which is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is to raise public awareness about transplantation and the critical need for donated organs, eyes and tissues.
Most important, this is the perfect time of the year—as the holiday season approaches—to organize donor registry drives that will restore life and hope in the months and years that lie ahead.
There is a desperate need for organ donors:
The number of candidates waiting for organ transplants across the United States is approaching 110,000.
Of those waiting, nearly 10,000 are in New York State.
Last year, there were just 423 deceased donors in our the entire state of New York.
Meanwhile, across the nation, as many as 18 people die each day because of the shortage of organ donors.
Every 11 minutes, a new name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.
We therefore urge all houses of worship to encourage greater understanding about organ, eye and tissue donation, and to help to increase enrollments in the New York State Donate Life Donor Registry.
Whether you are a religious leader or a person of faith who attends your house of worship on a regular basis, your participation in National Donor Sabbath 2010 will demonstrate your support for the patients in New York State who are currently awaiting life-saving organ transplants. And please bear in mind that thousands more need eyes or tissue such as bone, skin and heart-valves.
On this Donor Sabbath, we hope you will help to get the word out about donation. We request that you will help us in our lifesaving and most reverent of missions. The most effective way to do so is to take action, by organizing a New York State Donate Life Registry drive in your house of worship, and in your community.
THIS NATIONAL DONOR SABBATH, PLEASE HELP US TO “KEEP LIFE GOING.”
To find out more about National Donor Sabbath and to order free materials, contact Melanie Evans at 518-533-7878 ext 2 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.