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National Donor Sabbath

National Donor Sabbath is observed annually on Friday through Sunday two weekends before Thanksgiving. This 3-day observance seeks to include the days of worship for major religions practiced in the United States:

2018: November 9–11

2019: November 15–17

2020: November 13–15

2021: November 12–14

During National Donor Sabbath, faith leaders, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals participate in services and programs to increase awareness of the need for the lifesaving and enhancing gifts passed to others through transplantation and encourage people to sign up in their state registry. Those who donate organs, tissues, and blood stem cells restore hope and share gifts beyond measure.

Why National Donor Sabbath?

Today, most faith communities are supportive of organ donation and the individual choices of its members. Many view donation as an act of compassion and generosity. Since people often turn to their faith leaders for help when dealing with life and death issues, National Donor Sabbath provides an opportunity for faith communities to share their views and join in the conversation.

How Can Your Faith Community Get Involved?

Faith communities and individuals wishing to plan National Donor Sabbath events can contact their local organ procurement organization (OPO) or Donate Life America (DLA) HRSA Exit Disclaimer chapter for additional information and support. They can help you develop and implement strategies and identify speakers, such as a transplant recipient to share a personal story of getting a second chance at life.

A free resource guide for faith leaders that includes information on National Donor Sabbath is available for download below to support efforts to educate their congregations about organ donation. This booklet is available in both English and Spanish. Other donation materials available on this website and from OPOs and DLA chapters also may be useful for those participating in National Donor Sabbath activities.

Donor Sabbath Materials

Religious Views on Donation

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