If you can’t find a bright spot to celebrate about 2020, you haven’t heard the news about the Kentucky Organ Donor registry.

It was a record year for the Kentucky Circuit Clerks’ Trust For Life, which celebrated almost 60,000 names being added through the organization’s efforts.

The circuit clerk is where Kentucky drivers typically have gone to renew drivers’ licenses every four years. Even though its offices were closed to public access at times last year, Lor­etta Crady, Hardin County’s circuit court clerk, has been diligently adding to the list. The registry added 1,959 local residents in 2020 and the office also managed to raise $4,126 for public education and awareness.

“Joining the Organ Donor Registry only takes a moment of time to sign up and provides so much hope to patients on the transplant waiting list,” Crady said.

It’s an important legacy. Notifying emergency workers by expressing your interest on the driver’s license saves lives.

Just last year, 320 Kentuckians received organ transplants.

In a year of global pandemic, caring did not stop. People are continuing to step up.

And in case you’re wondering, the new regional drivers’ license offices around the state also are emphasizing the Trust for Life effort. The Transportation Cabinet, which established the Elizabethtown area office in the former state police headquarters off North Mulberry Street, has signage posted about the registry. As you talk to the clerks to renew, the screen saver image on the touchpad actually is a Trust for Life message.

So as the state begins to move toward a new concept for license renewal, be thankful the organ donor registry will remain a priority.

Donating organs, tissue and eyes is becoming universally seen as heroic and noble. The next time you renew, do something that’ll make you proud.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

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