Valentine’s Day also marks National Donor Day. National Donor Day is the annual celebration of donation in every form. This includes: organ, eye, tissue, blood, platelets and marrow. Millions of people in need are helped by donation each year. The observance is also a time to appreciate our loved ones who have given the gift of donation or received a donation.
One of these very important gifts is tissue donation. The gift of tissue donation can restore a recipient’s mobility, smile or even save their life. That’s another chance to take a date ice skating in the brisk February air. It’s an opportunity to see a loved one’s renewed smile when they open their Valentine’s gift. Someone will get to go on their first date because as an infant, they received a donated heart valve saving their life. A single tissue donor can help as many as 50 people. That’s a lot of future V-days!
While you may have already given your heart for Valentine’s Day, consider giving the rest of yourself to help those in need. Share the love by registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor today. You can go to this map to find your state’s donor registry.