“I wondered why someone didn’t do something. Then I realize I am someone!” ~ Unknown
Today marks the beginning of “National Donor Sabbath” weekend in the U.S.
The Donor Sabbath was organized by Donate Life America in 1997, National Donor Sabbath is a time for the faithful from all denominations across America to come together and raise awareness about organ and tissue donation to save lives. This national event is observed on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday two weekends before Thanksgiving. The three-day observance is intended to include the days of worship celebrated by all major religions in the United States.
Most religions consider organ donation to be a priceless gift and give their full support. Other religions leave the choice to the individual and fully support that decision. In Judaism, it is considered to be a great honor to give the gift of life through organ donation. Followers of Islam are not permitted only to give their organs upon death or while living, but are encouraged to do so. The Vatican supports the act of organ donation for all Catholics and considers it an act of charity and love. In fact, all major faiths in the U.S. support organ and tissue donation.
There is likely a Donor Sabbath event near you this weekend.
As you move through life over the next 3 days, please keep organ donation in your mind and support it by becoming a registered donor, if you aren’t already. Please give HOPE to those 116,508 souls on the organ waiting list today!
Though I celebrate life and give thanks daily for all that I have, I will also shed extra tears and say extra prayers for my hero and donor this weekend. For me. this is the true beginning of Thanksgiving!
May God bless my donor’s soul and my donor family!
Register to become a donor here – http://www.organdonor.gov/index.html