SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Blood Connection hosted its Lifesaver League Ghost Pirates Blood Drive at the Enmarket Arena Wednesday as they continue to encourage residents to save lives by giving blood regularly.

“The new year brings hope and new opportunities.  Many local hospital patients wouldn’t have that hope and opportunity, without lifesaving blood products,” said Delisa English, president and CEO of The Blood Connection.  “Giving blood gives local hospital patients hope for successful treatments and more time with their families. You can really make the difference in 2023 for our neighbors in need.”

First-time blood donor Erin Mahany. (Photo taken by Hollie Lewis)

Donor Erin Mahany said Wednesday was her first time giving blood.

“It’s been totally easy, very fun,” Mahany said. “It was really easy, fast, in and out in less than 20 minutes.”

Those who donated at the drive earned a ticket to a Ghost Pirates 2023 home game, a Ghost Pirates water bottle and a $50 eGift card.

Meanwhile, Chatham County has had an ongoing urgent need for blood donors.

“The Blood Connection, which is a blood provider for Memorial Health in Savannah, needs to collect between 800 and 1000 units of blood each day to ensure we have enough blood products to supply our hospital partners across the Carolinas and Georgia.” said Katie Smithson, The Blood Connection’s Press and Media Coordinator. 

She continued, “If people are looking for more opportunities to donate blood, they can go to thebloodconnection.org/donate.  Now through January 31, blood donors will receive a bonus $50 eGift card as a thank you for donating.”

2021 was historically the worst year in TBC’s history for blood collection.  While things improved slightly in 2022, we have still not returned to pre-pandemic donor turnout, and the donor population is aging, which is making it more difficult to donate blood.

If people are looking for more opportunities to donate blood, they can go to thebloodconnection.org/donate.  Now through January 31, blood donors will receive a bonus $50 eGift card as a thank you for donating.

Blood products are used every minute for a wide range of treatments from cancer to blood transfusions for newborn deliveries.

The Blood Connection’s next Savannah Ghost Pirates Blood Drive at Enmarket Arena is on March 29. To stay up to date on more drives and donation information, click here.