National Donate Life Month and National Donor Sabbath

National Donate Life Month

Donate Life America (DLA) has headlined the National Donate Life Month celebration since 2003. In conjunction with DLA, the nation’s eye banks, tissue banks, organ procurement organizations and other transplant groups celebrate this occasion annually in April, to acknowledge the extraordinary generosity of organ, eye, and tissue donors and their families, and to encourage fellow Americans to follow their example by registering as a donor.

During NDLM, DLA observes National Blue and Green Day, during which the public is encouraged to wear blue and green, hold fundraisers and events and collaborate with local businesses and organizations to promote the success of organ, eye and tissue transplants and the need for registered donors.

Initially a week-long celebration, the commemoration was extended when former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson officially sanctioned the extension to include the entire month of April.

For more information, please visit DLA’s website.

National Donor Sabbath

Reverend Arthur Lillicropp, cornea recipient and EBAA’s 2015 Gift of Sight Awardee, shares his story of sight restoration in honor of National Donor Sabbath, and explains why donation is important and how the gifts of sight and life model the principles of his religion.

National Donor Sabbath weekend is an interfaith initiative in which organ recovery organizations, eye banks and tissue banks work with those in the faith community to increase donation awareness.

Celebrated annually two weekends before the Thanksgiving holiday, National Donor Sabbath affords faith leaders the opportunity to work with the donation and transplantation communities to hold programs and activities where parishioners may learn about the life-changing and life-saving gifts donation makes possible.

Most religions support donation; through National Donor Sabbath events, the faith community has the opportunity to share their views and encourage others to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor.

Anyone interested in learning more about National Donor Sabbath or sponsoring events during that weekend should contact their local eye bank,  organ procurement organization or Donate Life America.