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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWednesday, April 09, 2014
April is Organ Donor Awareness Month
DMV Employees Go Blue and Green to Build Awareness of Organ Donation
RICHMOND - In recognition of Organ Donation Awareness Month, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reminds citizens about the easy ways they can support Donate Life Virginia, the organization that works to increase the number of registered donors in the Commonwealth, maintains the Virginia Donor Registry, and promotes organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.
In addition to saying 'yes' to organ donation at DMV, customers can purchase a Donate Life Virginia specialty plate to display their support on their vehicles and increase awareness. Customers conducting transactions through www.dmvNOW.com or the automated phone service (1-888-337-4782) may make a voluntary contribution.
"DMV is proud of the long-standing partnership we have with Donate Life Virginia and the various options we offer our customers to show their support of organ donation," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. "What better way to tell the world about your organ donor status than on the credential you carry around with you at all times? Our customer service center employees take great pride in asking if customers would like to be organ donors because they know the results are so meaningful."
Almost 50 percent of all driver's license and ID card holders in Virginia have designated their willingness to be a donor. The total number of Virginians who have said yes to organ donation tops 3.5 million.
In addition to the ongoing efforts, on April 11, all DMV employees will be encouraged to wear the colors of the Donate Life Virginia logo - blue and green. "We are hoping that customers visiting our service centers will notice employees are dressed alike and it will spark conversation and raise awareness of the importance organ donation," said Holcomb.
Since 1978, the DMV has supported organ, eye and tissue donor registration efforts.
For more information about Donate Life Virginia, visit: www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/citizen/drivers/organs.asp.