Today marks the beginning of National Donor Sabbath, a three day recognition observed annually two weekends before Thanksgiving. As almost every religion in the United States fully supports organ, eye and tissue donation giving act of kindness, this observance is a national effort for all faiths to focus on the lifesaving and enhancing gifts passed to others through donation. This weekend offers an opportunity to educate members of your faith community about the gift of life and encourage them to Give Thanks, Give Life. By participating in services and programs to increase awareness about donation and transplantation you can make a real difference for the more than 123,000 people nationwide waiting on the national transplant list. The gift of life can help heal and strengthen not only recipients, but also families, friends, and the surrounding community.

This weekend, take time to talk to your congregation or faith community about the life-affirming gifts of organ, eye and tissue donation. On our Advocating in your Community page you will find ideas about how you can be part of National Donor Sabbath and resources to bring to your faith leaders to advocate for donation.  We also want to hear about it! Share your advocacy stories and photos on our Facebook page, tag LifeCenter Northwest and we’ll share your them with our followers.  Together we can start a chain reaction of education and inspiration for the gift of life!


“It reaffirmed my faith and brought us all closer as a family. I just hope people know what they have done for other people. It’s the greatest gift you can give somebody.”

Deanna Wittack regarding her son Jake’s liver transplant