National Donor Sabbath

Observed two weekends before Thanksgiving Day from Friday through Sunday, National Donor Sabbath is a three-day observance that’s designed to unite people of different religions together in a spirit of partnership to encourage organ donor registration in each of their houses of worship.

It doesn’t matter if a person is Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or some other religion, they can still think about their fellow man and register to donate organs. Although there is a misconception in many houses of worship that donating tissue or organs violates the precepts of their religion, that is in most cases, not the truth.

And the fact of the matter is that one person who makes a tissue or organ donation can save up to eight lives and enhance the lives of 75 other people.

The History Of The National Donor Sabbath

Under the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, the first initiative to register donors for organ donation was done in 1968. Shortly after this act, National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week were created.

Jump ahead to 1997 and this is when the National Donor Sabbath was first announced by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. When it was created, it encouraged religious leaders of all faiths to spread awareness about the importance of organ donation and to encourage their followers to sign up for tissue and organ donation.

Facts About Organ Donation

Let’s go over some quick facts about organ donation before we conclude this article on National Donor Sabbath. We uncovered the following facts while we researched this observance.

  • An open casket is still possible for people who donate eyes, tissue, and organs.
  • There is no cost of organ donation to the donor’s family.
  • Hospitals will never try to “harvest” your organs, even if you’re a donor. Their number one priority is to save your life.
  • Anyone can be an organ donor despite age, medical history, or ethnicity.

Observing National Donor Sabbath

Regardless of a person’s faith, they can sign up to donate organs once they die. It’s not only a way to save many other people’s lives, but it’s also a way to leave an impact on this world even after their death. People can also spread the word about this observance using the hashtag #NationalDonorSabbath on social media.

When is it?
This year (2023)
November 10 Friday
Next year (2024)
November 8 Friday
Last year (2022)
November 11 Friday
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