Thanksgiving is here and that means that it is time to cook the biggest feast of the year. This huge feast may be great, but we tend to lose the real meaning of the holiday in the gravy and turkey. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful; it is a time to give gifts to those in most need. Many families will volunteer on Thanksgiving to feed those in need and give gifts wherever they can, but there is one gift that rises above all the rest. By registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor, you can give someone the ultimate gift: the gift of life. Registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor is a quick and easy process that can make a world of difference to a family in great need. If you would like to learn more about the organ donation process visit our website today.

What Thanksgiving Means

The history of Thanksgiving is steeped in the deep tradition of giving back to those who have given us everything. The 53 surviving colonists who arrived on the Mayflower held the first Thanksgiving in Massachusetts in the 17th century. The celebration was held to commemorate a successful harvest, much like traditional harvest festivals in England. The main difference came in the form of the people who were invited. Aside from the 53 colonists, 90 Wampanoag Native Americans and their leader arrived to celebrate with the colonists. This diversity and acceptance became the foundation for all Thanksgivings to follow.

The Native Americans gave food, farming technology, and knowledge of the land to the colonists in the hopes of befriending them and allowing them the chance to thrive in their new land. This Thanksgiving, it is easier than ever to follow in the footsteps of this selflessness by registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor.

Why Become a Donor?

Currently there is a bigger need for organ donors than ever before. As the population grows around the world, more and more people are in need of organ transplants. There are more registered donors than ever, but the need outweighs those already registered. Every year thousands of people die waiting for an organ that they desperately need. Luckily, it is easier than ever to register as a donor. You can register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor at the BMV or DMV when you go in to get your driver’s license renewed, and you can even register online in many locations. Registering as a deceased donor holds no personal risks to you or your family, and there is no better legacy to leave behind than a piece of yourself.

If you want to truly embody the Thanksgiving season this year, take the time to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor. You can help people who are desperately waiting for solace from kidney failure, burns, and a slew of other issues. Pay it forward this year and register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor with LifeCenter. Good things come to those who give. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays!