ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Right now, when you register for a new ID or license, you’re asked about organ donation. But making that choice no longer just means you’ll only check a box.

You’ll also be asked if you’d like to donate $2.

The money will go toward the “You and two” program which provides information on organ, tissue and eye donations.

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie explained how donating his daughter’s organs after she died helped his family heal.

“To be able to save and improve those lives began to melt that ice around my heart and began to give me my life back as well,” he said.

About 60 percent, or 2.5 million Minnesotans are currently on the organ donation registry.

Comments (2)
  1. Esther says:

    Yay organ donation! An old friend passed away last month and he helped over 70 people with his donation.
    Right now my husband’s infant cousin is anxiously awaiting a new liver from a deceased donor. (as in today)
    Everytime I pray for something going through a transplant I pray for the donor’s family as well, I hope it brings pease and blessings for their tremendous sacrifice.

  2. Nancy Aleshire says:

    When my son was killed, I had the doctors donate his organs and tissue as well. As to discussing with him whether he wanted to be an organ donor, that is not a discussion you would have with a healthy 27 year old. Being the caring sensitive person that he was, Ii know this is something Tim would have wanted. I have noted on my state ID that I, too, wish to be a donor.