Florida Tax Offices Support 'Donate Life' In April

WUWF | Derek Dunwoody
Officials hoist the Donate Life Flag at the Escambia Co. Tax Office on W Street.
CREDIT DAVE DUNWOODY, WUWF PUBLIC MEDIA
April marks the 15th annual National Donate Life Month, and Escambia County officials Monday morning kicked off the local campaign to increase the number of organ donors.

Tax collector employees here and in Florida’s other 66 counties are participating in the month-long effort co-sponsored by Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

“Organ donation starts with a simple question; ‘Would you like to be a superhero and save a life?’” said Escambia County Tax Collector Scott Lunsford.. “It starts there. By saying ‘yes,’ you can save the lives of up to eight people, save the vision of two people, and affect as many as 75 people with your organ donor tissue.”

Tax office employees help register potential organ donors year-round by asking all driver license customers if they would like to join the registry. Eighty-eight percent of Florida’s donor registrations now occur through such transactions, including more than 54 thousand new donors in 2016. Continue reading
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