You Can #BeTheGift in saving lives

Posted 10/7/18
You Can #BeTheGift That Saves Lives By Jill Grandas, Executive Director

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You Can #BeTheGift in saving lives


I am sharing a picture of myself with a Big Red Bow® on my head to draw attention to the need for more organ and tissue donors, and I hope you’ll do the same.

 Here’s why: 115,000 Americans are on the organ transplant waiting list; 20 die each day, still waiting. More than 90 percent of Americans believe registering as an organ and tissue donor is the right thing to do, but only 38 percent of eligible Tennesseans actually do it.

To close this gap and end the waiting list, Tennessee Donor Services recently launched a nationwide social media campaign called #BeTheGift. It’s a fresh and fun way to encourage people to register online as organ and tissue donors. Everyone can use the Big Red Bow filter and register in his or her own state!

 Organ and tissue donation is not a subject on everyone’s mind. People generally avoid talking and thinking about death, which means we also avoid talking and thinking about donation. #BeTheGift aims to break through that silence. It appeals to American’s sense of service, calling on all of us to #BeTheGift to others.

 If more people #BeTheGift, more people live.  If everyone takes a minute to register online, we can save and improve thousands of lives. Even if you’re already registered, we need you to share your Big Red Bows. It’s a fantastic way to spread the word.

 To participate in the #BeTheGift campaign, simply: 

• Go to

• Register as a donor (if you’re not already).

• Use the Big Red Bow photo filter to gift-wrap yourself.

• Share your photo across your social media channels with the hashtag #BeTheGift

• Challenge your friends to #BeTheGift too!

 As a proud resident of the Volunteer State, I encourage you – my fellow Tennesseans – to participate in this life-saving campaign. If you believe in organ and tissue donation, go to, put a Big Red Bow on your picture, and share it! #BeTheGift that helps us save lives. It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s free. And it’s important.


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