Give the Gift of Life this Holiday Season

(December 4, 2008) – During this season of giving, many people forget they can give the best gift of all — life — and all it costs is 45 minutes of their time.

Memorial University Medical Center and the Savannah Community Blood Bank (SCBB) are holding a mobile blood drive at the main entrance to Memorial University Medical Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, December 17. Holding a blood drive in the middle of all the holiday hustle and bustle is a risk, but the increased need for blood at this time of year is just too great to ignore.

"Less than an hour of your day could save three to four lives," said Kim Gattis, donor resource consultant for Memorial and the SCBB. "In return, you receive the satisfaction of knowing you made a difference."

For those who cannot give blood, there are other opportunities to help. Organizers are looking for people to donate small, stuffed animals that day. Gattis said the stuffed animals, which must be new and at least Beanie Baby-sized but not overly large (6 to 10 inches), will be distributed to children in the George and Marie Backus Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center

Memorial University Medical Center and the Savannah Community Blood Bank hope to acquire 50 pints of blood on December 17. That means approximately 75 people need to register. To schedule an appointment, call Kim Gattis at 350-6730, or e-mail giveblood@memorialhealth.com.

Savannah Community Blood Bank (SCBB), part of The Blood Alliance, is an independent nonprofit community blood center committed to providing a safe and adequate blood supply for the people of Savannah. Since January 2001, SCBB has been the sole provider of blood products for Memorial University Medical Center. Savannah Community Blood Bank is a member of the AABB and America's Blood Centers.