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National Donate Life Month 2024

April is a special month for the organ, eye, and tissue donation community. It’s National Donate Life Month! The 2024 theme is, “Donors are SuperStars”. 🌟 Your decision to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor gives hope and light to the 100,000 people on the national transplant waiting list who are waiting for a second chance at life. That’s why donors are superstars!
Important Dates
Your OPO likely hosts events to celebrate these dates. Check-in with them to see if you can attend any of their events!
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Below are some event ideas to help you celebrate National Donate Life Month. Don’t forget, SODA provides grants to cover event costs. Submit a request here.

In-Person Event Ideas:
  • Sodas and Superstars: Host a tabling event and distribute sodas to people who are interested in learning more about organ, eye, and tissue donation.
  • Stargazing Meditation Session: Lead a guided meditation focused on stargazing and reflection. Encourage participants to contemplate the interconnectedness of life while honoring the generosity of organ donors.
  • Starlight Vigil: Hold a candlelit vigil in a public space, where participants can gather to remember loved ones who have given the gift of life through organ donation and spread awareness about its importance. 
  • Guiding Light Documentary Screening: Screen a movie or documentary about organ, eye, and tissue donation, followed by a discussion or guest speaker. We recommend 2Hearts (1 hour 40 minutes), Living with Kidney Failure (40 minutes), and We Speak Life (15 minutes).
Virtual Event Ideas:
  • Shine a Light on Donation: Feature the stories of your peers and community members who have a personal connection to organ, eye, and tissue donation on your chapter's social media. Tag Donate Life America, SODA National, and your Organ Procurement Organization (OPO).
  • Starlight Vigil Livestream: Livestream a candlelit vigil on social media, allowing participants to join virtually and light candles in honor of organ donors. Invite guest speakers to share their personal connection to donation. 
  • Virtual Stargazing Night: Organize a virtual stargazing event where participants can reflect on the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation from the comfort of their homes.
Have event ideas that you’d like to share with your fellow student leaders? Let us know by emailing, and we’ll add them to this list.
Donate Life America has special flyers and social media graphics for National Donate Life Month. 💜 Check out their themed templates here! Use hashtags #DonateLifeMonth #DonorsAreSuperstars and #DonateLife throughout the month of April.
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has created social media graphics to share on your chapter's social media accounts, make sure you tag @unosnews when you use the graphics!
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