National Donor Day

Observed every year on February 14th, National Donor Day is an observance dedicated to spreading awareness and education about organ, eye and tissue donation. National Donor Day was started in 1998 by the Saturn Corporation and its partner, the United Auto Workers, and is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

By educating and sharing the Donate Life message, we can each take small steps every day to help save and heal more lives, and honor the donor’s legacy of generosity and compassion. National Donor Day is a time to focus on all types of donation—organeyetissue, blood, platelets and marrow. Join us by participating in local events, sharing social media messages and encouraging others to register as donors.

National Donor Day is also a day to recognize those who have given and received the gift of life through organ, eye and tissue donation, are currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant, and those who died waiting because an organ was not donated in time.

How can I get involved?

In addition to registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor or contributing to the DLA cause, you can also download our National Donor Day graphics, Donor Day Flyer and Printable Valentine Cards (all available in English and Spanish) to raise awareness about donation throughout social media—link these images to other resources for your friends and followers to utilize within your local and online communities.

Social Media Graphics

Printable Flyer (formatted to fit on 8.5×11 paper)

Print-your-own Valentine Cards (formatted to print on 8.5×11 paper, 6 cards to a page)

The Donate Life America Tribute Wall is one way to honor loved ones on National Donor Day. You can also read through our Stories of Hope, inspiring organ, eye and tissue donor and recipient stories.

Explore more things you can do to support Donate Life America and advocate for organ, eye and tissue donation every day of the year.


Are you in the professional donation and transplantation community, such as staff at OPOs, transplant hospitals, eye/tissue banks, or Donate Life State Teams? Visit the Professionals page to find out how to access more resources.