Apart from heart cutouts and the overwhelming presence of the colour red, 14 February is associated with another type of heart too. Hearts, various organs and those individuals willing to donate have sparked the annual observance known as World Donor Day. The day celebrates donors who have saved lives by donating blood, marrow, tissue and even organs. It is a holiday that emphasizes the immense giving nature of the human spirit and restores some faith in humanity by celebrating those who have donated parts of themselves to help save a life of someone they have never met.
Celebrating donors and raising awareness for organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet and blood donation served as inspiration for the advent of the celebration of this day. There are around 120 000 patients on the waiting list to receive lifesaving organ transplants and many others in dire need of cornea, tissue, bone marrow, blood and platelet donation.
To make a difference this donor day, you do not have to go out and search for someone who needs an organ. The simplest way to make a difference is to go to your local blood bank and donate blood, which may seem insignificant, but can be crucial in saving a life. This day is right at the top of the list of celebrating how beautiful humanity can be. The celebration of those selfless individuals who have saved a life by giving, proving that humanity can be wonderful and beautiful even in difficult times.