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Have a heart for organ donation

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The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Driver Services Division, including the office in Rockwood, is participating in special February promotions to raise public awareness about organ and tissue donation.

“The Department of Safety and Homeland Security encourages Tennesseans to give the gift of life by joining the state’s organ and tissue donor registry while applying for or renewing a driver license,” said Tennessee Deputy Commissioner of Driver Services Lori Bullard.

As of Jan. 9, more than 1.6 million Tennesseans have signed up through the state driver service centers or the online Donate Life Tennessee Registry. On average, nearly 3,500 people are added each week. More than 112,000 people across the country — including 2,402 in Tennessee — are awaiting organ transplants.

Last year, 28,663 people received life-saving transplants, with 715 of those in Tennessee. More than 800,000 lives are impacted every year with tissue and eye donation in the United States.

Visit any Tennessee Department of Safety Driver Service Center or www.TNDonorRegistry.org for more details on organ and tissue donation.