ARORA Installs DMV “Answer Desks” to Dispel Myths, Register Organ and Tissue Donors
Displays Help Kickoff National DMV Appreciation Month
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (September 1, 2023) – ARORA, Arkansas’ largest organ and tissue recovery agency, installed an organ and tissue answer desk at 3086 M.L.K. Jr. Blvd in Fayetteville, 1428 West Walnut Street in Rogers, 9108 North Rodney Parham Road in Little Rock and 6929 John F. Kennedy Blvd in Sherwood, coinciding with September’s National DMV Appreciation Month.
“Our DMV answer desks are designed to help Arkansans make informed decisions about registering as organ and tissue donors,” said Audrey Coleman, ARORA Director of Communications. “ARORA volunteers will be stationed at the desks to answer questions,” she said. “They will provide the facts about organ and tissue donation, dispel myths and give information about how one registered donor can make an impact on the more 100,000 Americans waiting for a life-saving transplant.”
When no volunteers are present at the answer desk, visitors can scan QR codes displayed on the table and nearby banners to receive easy-to-access information about organ and tissue donation.
National DMV Appreciation Month, held each September, was created by Donate Life America in 2016 to recognize DMVs and other donation partners for their commitment to the Donate Life mission.
“For the past 25 years, local Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicle offices (DMV) have supported us in furthering our mission of restoring lives by asking their customers if they would like to register to become a donor,” said Coleman. “Thanks to their assistance, we have registered 57% of eligible Arkansans.”
More than 90% of registered donors across the country made their donation decision by registering as a donor through their local DMV.
Today, there are currently more than 106,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant; roughly 300 of those waiting are here in Arkansas. Every ten minutes, another person is added, and every day, 17 people die waiting for an organ that isn’t available.
Since a trip to the DMV doesn’t happen every day of course, ARORA offers other ways to register. Arkansans can register online at https://www.arora.org/donatelife/ and learn the facts of donation.
ARORA was established in 1987 as a nonprofit, independent organ procurement agency. Serving 64 counties across the state, ARORA is headquartered in Little Rock and has a satellite office in northwest Arkansas. ARORA’s mission is to restore lives through the recovery of organs and tissues for transplant. For more information, visit www.arora.org.