In February on Valentine’s Day, many people participated in another, perhaps lesser-known holiday, National Donor’s Day. While chocolate and flowers are often at the forefront of people’s minds, saving lives is even more crucial. Even if you missed National Donor’s Day, you can still contribute in a meaningful way by becoming an organ donor. Here are five reasons people choose to be organ donors.
1 – Save Multiple Lives
When you donate your organs, you have the chance to save multiple lives. The average donor saves eight lives because of their generosity. Even better, you can improve the lives of up to 50 people with your organs. Your donation can help you immediate family, extended family, and people you do not even know. It’s one of the best ways to continue serving after you pass on.
2 – Organs Are Needed
Sadly, 18 people die each day waiting for organs. When you donate, you can fulfill a need and help someone who has been waiting for a second chance. There are thousands of people waiting right now for organs.
3 – You Can Still Have a Normal Funeral
It is common for people to worry that organ donation can affect the type of funeral they have. Some people assume that a closed-casket funeral will be necessary, but this is not the case.
4 – It Is Free
Donating your organs is free. It does not cost you or your family members any extra money to donate when you die. Registering to donate your organs is also free.
5 – All Ages Are Welcome
Organ donation is appropriate for all ages. Whether you are young or old, your organs can still be used to help someone in need. Even children can donate their organs.
If you want to show love to others Valentine’s Day, or not, then make sure to participate in National Donor’s Day. Sign up to be a donor and make a difference in someone’s life.