April is National Donate Life Month

During the month of April, the Escambia County Tax Collector’s Office is teaming up with Donate Life Florida to raise awareness of the life-saving role residents of Escambia County can play by registering as an organ, tissue and eye donor. During National Donate Life Month, tax collector employees are participating in the annual Donate Life Challenge, a month-long effort among tax collectors and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to promote awareness of Florida’s organ donor registry.

“I am honored that my offices are part of such an important awareness campaign,” said Escambia County Tax Collector Scott Lunsford. “We are proud that in 2016, Escambia County reamained in the top 10 counties statewide in the Donor Designation Rate, and 60 percent of individuals visiting our offices signed up to donate. We hope to increase that percentage this year.”

Tax collector employees help register potential organ donors by asking all driver license customers if they would like to join the registry. Eight-eight of Florida’s donor registrations now occur through driver license transactions. Last year’s Donate Life Challenge led to more than 54,000 new donor registrations throughout Florida.

According to Donate Life Florida, one person can save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance dozens more through tissue and eye donation.

Florida offers three simple ways to register as an organ, tissue or eye donor:

  1. On Donate Life Florida’s website at www.DonateLifeFlorida.org.
  2. When renewing your driver license or identification card online at www.GoRenew.com.
  3. When obtaining a new or renewed driver license or identification card in one of our tax collector offices.

For more information on organ donation, please call 1-877-35-SHARE (1-877-357-4273).