Hospital Puts Out Call for Blood Donations

Blood banks around the Coastal Empire and Low Country need your help. They're running dangerously low, especially on O-negative and O-positive supplies.

Memorial Health University and the Savannah Community Blood Bank joined forces today for a blood drive near the hospital's main entrance. Everyone was encouraged to come by to give the gift of life.

Donated blood can mean the difference between life and death. Some accident victims can require as much as 50 donated blood products, according to blood bank officials.

Shakerra Anderson, who works at Memorial Health's insurance department, knew she wanted to do her part to help.

"My mom influenced me," she said. "She said, 'I'm going to do it, so you should do it.' So I decided I'm going to donate some blood. It feels good. It feels good. Knowing I'm saving a life, it feels good."

If you missed today's blood drive, you can donate at Memorial Health's Blood Center, located right next to the pharmacy near the hospital's main entrance at 4700 Waters Avenue in Savannah. They're extending their hours on Thursday, October 4, from 8am to 6pm. They'll be open Friday, October 5, from 7am to 5pm.

For more information, call them at 912.350.8151.

Reported by: Liz Flynn,