Organ and tissue donation

Organ and tissue donation

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency.

The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) and Mid-South Transplant Foundation (MSTF) from Memphis, TN have joined together, as Donate Life Mississippi, to put up Donate Life decorative trees in select Driver's Examiners stations across the state for the holidays.

"This is a reminder to those who come for a new license or to renew their license, that they have the opportunity to give the gift of hope to the nearly 1,500 Mississippians that are awaiting a lifesaving transplant," said Chuck Stinson, the Director of Community Services and Relations for the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency.

Randa Lipman, the Community Outreach Manager from Mid-South Transplant Foundation, stresses the important role that the Mississippi Department of Public Safety plays in registering organ, eye and tissue donors. "Over 700,000 Mississippians are currently registered to be organ, eye and tissue donors on the Mississippi Donor Registry and 98% of these have done so by registering when getting a new driver's license or renewing their current one."

"We are glad to partner with MORA in this worthwhile and life-saving endeavor," Director of the MHP Driver Services Bureau Lt. Col. Chris Gillard said.

A first year initiative, the trees will be in place at 10 Driver's Examiners stations across the state until early January of 2016.

To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, please go to

Picture attached: DPS staff with Donate Life tree at DPS Headquarters in Jackson, MS.

For more information contact:

Chuck Stinson

Director of Community Services & Relations

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency