HERKIMER — Herkimer County Clerk Sylvia Rowan and the Department of Motor Vehicles, Recording and Filing Department and Records Management office are teaming up with the New York Alliance for Donation and DMV offices around the state during Donate Life Month to increase enrollment in the state Donate Life Registry.

Donate Life Month is a national month-long observance aimed at raising public awareness of the need for organ, eye and tissue donation, as more than 10,000 New Yorkers currently wait for transplants. Enrolling in the Donate Life Registry is a way to ensure that an individual’s wishes about donation will be known at the time of their death.

During the month of April, the Herkimer DMV office will encourage Herkimer County residents to learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation and the impact it has on thousands of New Yorkers. The office will be filled with promotional items that urge Herkimer County residents to make a difference and give the gift of life by registering as donors. Popcorn will be served in the office on Thursday and Friday, April 19 and 20.

"It is comforting to know that through a donation you can save a life," Rowan said in a news release.

She added this year’s theme is "Organ donation is not a tragedy but it can be a beautiful light in the midst of one."

New York has the third highest need for donors in the country. Each year, approximately 500 men, women and children in the state die because of the shortage of donors.

New Yorkers can enroll at their local DMV offices by signing the organ donor consent certification. This can be found on the forms used to apply or renew a driver’s license or non-driver identification card. When you enroll through this method, a symbol of a red heart and the words "Organ Donor" will be printed on the front of your driver’s license or non-driver identification card at no extra cost.

New Yorkers also have the unique opportunity to enroll in the New York State Donate Life registry through the voter registration form.