For the first time ever, motor vehicle departments (DMVs/BMVs) across the U.S. are being recognized for their role in the donation process with their own appreciation week. Donate Life America and Donate Life state teams have established this week (Sept. 18-24, 2016 in Indiana) as National DMV Appreciation Week.
“Ninety-nine percent of Indiana’s registered donors come from the BMV process,” said Lindsey Johnson, director of Donate Life Indiana. “So, recognizing and celebrating our BMV partners across Indiana is a great idea and well overdue.”
BMVs play an integral role in the donation process in Indiana because that’s where Hoosiers seeking licenses are asked the question, “Do you want to be a donor?” BMV branches are on the front line of the donation process, helping to register donors and giving the first impression of the donation process.
“The work BMVs do is sometimes overlooked,” Johnson said. “They do a large amount of transactions in a short period of time and they provide customer service to a wide swath of people – they cover it all.”
To celebrate National DMV Appreciation Week, Donate Life Indiana is delivering goodie bags to every Indiana BMV branch employee as a way to say thanks for their hard work and partnership in saving lives.
Johnson hopes the focus on Indiana BMVs will spur Hoosiers to think through their decision to become donors. “Be prepared for the BMV to ask if you want to become a donor,” she said. “Get educated and talk to your family about your decision. It’s important for everyone to be on the same page in the event something does happen.”
To register your decision to become an organ, tissue and eye donor, click here.
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