Knox clerks win statewide organ donor awareness contest

Knox News

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The goal was to raise awareness of the need for organ donors.

But Tennessee Donor Services didn’t know how the Knox County Clerk’s Office would take that mission to heart.

The nonprofit called on the clerks to participate in a new statewide initiative this spring, “Blue and Green Day.” The idea was to decorate the offices, provide materials about organ donation and collect donations for Tennessee Donor Services.

“We really didn’t know how it would go,” said Billy Jarvis, senior public relations coordinator for TDS. “They just blew us out of the water.”

Clerks in Knox County not only decorated their offices, they dressed in “extravagant costumes” — and collected more than $1,000 in a single day. TDS will use the money to purchase educational materials for its organ donor awareness campaigns on college and high-school campuses, Jarvis said. Continue reading