LAGRANGE, Ga. — Troup County Commissioners issued proclamations calling attention to two important issues during a Tuesday morning meeting.
One recognized National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 18 through 24 and the other April as Donate Life Month.
The former sought to raise awareness about ensuring the fair treatment of crime victims and stated 21 million Americans suffer from crime every year and experience various "emotional, physical, psychological and financial harm as a result of such crime."
Representatives from the county's local victims' assistance program were on hand to accept the proclamation.
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The Donate Life Month proclamation was accepted by volunteer Mary Carol Adamson, who urged people to consider organ donation.
The proclamation stated a new patient is added to the national wait list for an organ transplant every 11 minutes and more than 106,000 individuals are on that list including 3,100 in Georgia. It also stated 18 people die each day because of a lack of organs.
Adamson said statistics indicate most people are aware of organ donation but have not signed up.
"It's a very important thing," Adamson said. "How many people die every year because organs are not available?"