Annual Events and Observances

These annual events offer opportunities to raise awareness about the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation.

The need for eye donation, education, and awareness is on-going. Please join Saving Sight by participating in one of our many observances throughout the year! Together, through sharing our message and educating others about eye donation, we can further our mission to change lives by saving sight!

 

Upcoming Events*

 

National Minority Donor Awareness Month

August is National Minority Donor Awareness Month (NMDAM) – a collaborative effort to save and improve the quality of life of diverse communities by creating a positive culture for organ, eye, and tissue donation. Join us this month in helping educate, share stories, and celebrate life and legacy!

You can find resources to share and read more about NMDAM at DonateLife.net/NMDAM and https://bit.ly/NMDAMnews.

National Minority Donor Awareness Month is a collaborative effort of National Organ, Eye and Tissue Multicultural Action Group partners, including: the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT), Association of Organ Procurement Organizations – AOPODonate Life America (DLA), National MOTTEP (MOTTEP) and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF).

 

Facebook Live Discussion by Gift of Hope: August 6, 2020

Join us for a virtual event hosted by our OPO partner Gift of Hope on August 6, 2020 at 12:00PM CST. Discussion will focus on the need for, and importance of, minority donors with donation experts Marion Shuck, Jennifer Aguilar and Olivia Fox. For more information, visit the Gift of Hope Facebook.

 

Donate Life America National Minority Donor Awareness Month Healthy Living Recipe Contest

Food has the power to strengthen community, connect people across cultures, evoke memories and promote overall good health. Send in your best, healthy, original recipe with a photo* of you and the finished product to the Donate Life America Facebook photo contest page starting August 1 through August 30 for a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Visit the Donate Life America Facebook for contest details and submission.

 

 

*Due to COVID19, all in person events have been canceled or postponed. Please click here to read Saving Sight’s COVID19 response.

 


 

Annual Observances

 

Rose Parade/Donate Life Float: New Years Day

The Donate Life float appears in the Rose Parade to honor millions of people touched by organ, eye, and tissue donation.

National Donor Day: February 14th

An observance dedicated to spreading awareness about donation and to recognize those who have given and received the gift of donation, those who are currently still waiting, and those who died waiting because an organ was not donated in time.

Eye Donor Awareness Month: March

A time to honor the work of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), corneal surgeons, and the donors and their families who give the gift of sight. 

Donate Life Month: April

An entire month of local, regional, and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.

Blue and Green Day: April

During this observance developed by Donate Life America, the public is encouraged to wear blue and green, hold events and fundraisers, and partner with local organizations to spread awareness about donation and transplantation. For yearly dates and resources, visit Donate Life America.

National Minority Donor Awareness Month: August

A collaborative initiative to save and improve the quality of life of diverse communities by creating a culture of inclusion for donation. Outreach activities during this month include events to provide donation education, encourage donor registration and promote healthy living and disease prevention to decrease the need for transplantation.

Eye Donation Month: November

Since it was proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, EBAA has used the month as an opportunity to educate the public about the importance of registering to be a donor, about cornea donation and transplantation, and to acknowledge the important work of their partner eye banks.

Donor Sabbath: November

On Friday through Sunday, two weekends before Thanksgiving, faith communities across the nation focus on the critical need for organ and tissue donation. Faith leaders and donation professionals lead discussions of issues concerning donation, and faith communities sponsor donation awareness activities, donor registrations, and speakers.

 


 

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