Hamilton County Clerk Bill Knowles, one of the founding board members of the Tennessee County Clerks Organ Donor Awareness Foundation, announced the foundation has reached the $4 million mark in donations since its inception in 1996.
“Mr. Knowles said, “Many of us have a connection to the program’s importance since we know someone whose life has been saved because of an organ transplant or a donor who passed on the gift of life.
"The “Donate a Dollar program sponsored by the 95 Clerk offices has been critical to the development of the Donate Life Tennessee online registry, the creation and distribution of educational materials, school based programs and recognition programs for organ and tissue donors. The board comprised of physicians, donor service professionals and county clerk representatives are conscientious in administering the donated funds.
“Over the years our office consistently ranks in the top three Tennessee counties in receiving dollar donations from motorists titling or registering a vehicle. I appreciate the generosity of our local citizens for their continued interest in helping spread the word of organ and tissue needs.
“Currently in Tennessee there are 2,500 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Unfortunately, unless the messages of the Clerk Foundation, the non-profit Tennessee Donor Services and the Mid-South Transplant Foundation successfully reach those who can donate a life-saving organ some will die.
"Hamilton County citizens can join with other Tennesseans and register to be an organ donor. It can be done by simply Checking YES when applying for or renewing a driver’s license or by going online at www.donatelifetn.org,” said Mr. Knowles.
Janice Butler, president of the Tennessee Association of County Clerks said, “Thanks to the dedication of our state’s county clerks. We have been able to raise money to provide our citizens with education on the importance of organ and tissue”.
She and Tom McRedmond, foundation executive director, praised the continued dedication and commitment of Tennessee County Clerks in giving motorists the opportunity to participate.