Raleigh - An organization devoted to promoting organ and tissue donation presented N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Kelly J. Thomas with a certificate of appreciation for his leadership in partnering to save lives.
The certificate was presented to Commissioner Thomas on Sept. 29 by Donate Life N.C. Program Manager Tiffianna Elmore at the West Raleigh Driver License office on Avent Ferry Road in Raleigh.
"On behalf of Governor McCrory, I am honored to accept this certificate and proud of the ongoing relationship with Donate Life N.C. to save lives across our state," said Thomas. "I thank everyone at Donate Life N.C., especially those who work directly with the state's 550 driver license examiners to encourage customers to participate in the organ donation program."
The organ donation program at local driver license offices across North Carolina began in 2001. There are more than 3,400 people in North Carolina on the organ transplant waiting list.
There is no extra cost for someone to sign up to be an organ donor while obtaining a North Carolina driver license.
From left: Tiffianna Elmore. of Donate Life N.C., driver license examiners Chiquita McNeill
and Barbara Medina, and DMV Commissioner Kelly Thomas