DMV employees are betting on organ donation

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Staff members in the Division of Motor Vehicles offices in Juneau and Fairbanks are betting they can do something about organ donation.

Top staff in both offices are betting their hair that their office can sign up more people to the state's organ donor registry by the end of July. The staffer in the office that signs up the fewest donors will shave his head.

The friendly bet is intended to highlight the problem of low numbers of registered donors in Juneau and Fairbanks. The Juneau office has signed up only 2.3 percent of drivers seeking licenses to the organ donor registry this year. At the Fairbanks office, it's just 3 percent.

Other cities in the state sport much better numbers. For example, Anchorage has signed up about nine percent, while Sitka has about half signed up.

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