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The Living Legacy Foundation welcomes the opportunity to educate and engage the faith community in Maryland about organ, eye and tissue donation. Faith leaders have a unique opportunity to help increase awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation and, ultimately, to increase the number of people whose lives are changed by a simple, straightforward final act of kindness; the gift of life through organ, eye and tissue donation.

By simply talking about organ, eye and tissue donation with your congregation, you can help dispel myths and misconceptions about organ, eye and tissue donation and encourage families to talk about giving the gift of life through donation. These generous gifts provide life not only to the transplant recipient, but also to a family, a school, a house of worship, a community – the world! As a Jewish proverb states, “Save one life and it is as if you save the entire world.”

Here are a variety of ways to involve your house of worship:
National Donor Sabbath
Presentations
Donate Life GospelFest

National Donor Sabbath

National Donor Sabbath is an annual interfaith celebration of the gifts of life provided through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Observed the second weekend in November by faith-based communities, this is also an opportunity to dispel myths and discuss the urgent need for designated donors. Nearly all religions in the United States support organ, eye and tissue donation as an ultimate act of charity and generosity. Although specific beliefs differ from denomination to denomination, the underlying theme is the same: organ, eye and tissue donation represents one of the highest forms of compassion and giving. Ways to get involved:
• Include donor information in organizational newsletters, bulletins, website or emails
• Host a donor designation drive to encourage congregants and members to register their wishes to become an organ, eye and tissue donor
• Hold an education workshop, prayer breakfast or health fair with information about organ and tissue donation.
• Request a speaker to come discuss donation with your congregation

Presentations

Staff and volunteers with The Living Legacy Foundation are available to speak with faith organizations about the donation process and the impact of donor designation. Some examples of appropriate forums in which we are more than happy to speak include, but are not limited to:
• Health Ministry Meetings
• Youth/Young Adult Groups
• Bible Study

Donate Life GospelFest

In 2011, The Living Legacy Foundation and Donate Life Maryland hosted the first annual Donate Life GospelFest in celebration of National Donor Sabbath. The event featured a wide variety of gospel performers, who entertained guests with graceful voices, jamming performances and soulful renditions of classical spirituals tied into the powerful message of giving the gift of life.

For more information about The Living Legacy Foundation’s outreach efforts in the faith community, please contact Latrice Price at 410-242-7000 or communications@thellf.org

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