What is National Donate Life Month?
National Donate Life Month is marked by events around the country that raise awareness of the importance of organ donation. The purpose of the month is to “encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.” April has been designated National Donate Life Month since 2003.
In 2020, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, National Donate Life Month has gone virtual! The donation and transplant community is still dedicated to educating people about the donation process, and inspiring them to sign up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.
Get involved in National Donate Life Month from your home!
There are many ways you can celebrate National Donate Life Month:
- Download the 2020 Kindness Calendar and do something nice for others and yourself every day of the month!
- Add a National Donate Life Month frame to your Facebook profile picture.
- Share your personal donation or transplant story with friends and family - either by email, phone or social media.
- Support the Gift of Life Foundation by starting a Facebook Fundraiser. One hundred percent of the funds raised go directly to the Gift of Life Foundation.
- Participate in the National Donate Life Blue & Green Day photo contest on Friday, April 17. Donate Life America is giving away $100 Amazon gift cards to the top photos!
- Download coloring pages, social media graphics and flyers to hang in your window from Donate Life America.
- Share Gift of Life's press release with your local newspapers, as well as radio and TV stations.
Join the Greek Challenge for National Donate Life Blue & Green Day!
Sorority and fraternity alumni chapters and Order of the Eastern Star chapters across Southeast Michigan are participating in a friendly competition to save and heal lives through the Greek Challenge.
- Groups that had previously taken a photo together promoting National Donate Life Blue & Green Day should forward those photos to Tanya Smith by Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
- Don't have a group photo? No problem! Take a creative selfie and send that to Tanya Smith by Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Be sure to tell her which group you are with.
Your photos will be uploaded to the Gift of Life MOTTEP Facebook Page, and you can encourage your friends and family to "vote" for your photo by liking it. Voting will take place from Friday, April 17 at 8:00 a.m. through Sunday, April 19 at 11:59 p.m.
The other way to show your chapter's support for organ, tissue and eye donation is to encourage people to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. Each organization has its own unique URL to share, so we know how many people your group has inspired to donate life. Find your link on the graphic below.
If you’re interested in getting involved and volunteering in Michigan, Gift of Life Michigan has many volunteering opportunities for both individuals and groups, as well as partnership opportunities for organizations.
Why is National Donate Life Month important?
Despite the overwhelming support for organ donation in America, many adults are still not registered as organ donors.
National Donate Life Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor and to educate people about the process. There are many common myths about organ donation that prevent adults from registering as organ and tissue donors, including misconceptions about donor health, religious restrictions and patient care. The events held during National Donate Life Month help organizations like Gift of Life Michigan reach more people and explain how the organ donation process and donor registry actually work.
In addition, National Donate Life Month is a time to honor organ donors who have changed lives with their gift(s). Gift of Life Michigan and its counterparts work hard to celebrate organ donors and support donor families every day, but April can also be a special time for reflection.