Blood bus at Lamar Library

The Blood Connection Bus was at the Lamar Library, 103 E. Main Street in Lamar on Friday, June 2, 2023 from 2pm to 7pm. Pictured here: Jerry Shull and Barbara Roselli donate blood. PHOTO BY STEPHAN DREW

By Stephan Drew, Editor

On Thursday, June 1, 2023, the Lamar Library at 103 E. Main St. in Lamar became a hub of hope and compassion as The Blood Connection bus arrived. This mobile blood donation center, a lifeline for South Carolina, provided a unique opportunity for local residents to give the gift of life. With all donations staying within the state, this one-day event exemplified the power of community support.

The Blood Connection bus, operated by a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving hospitals and patients in the region, transformed the Lamar Library parking lot into a temporary medical facility. The sleek and modern mobile unit provided a comfortable and convenient space for donors to give blood. With its state-of-the-art equipment and trained staff, the bus made it easy for individuals to contribute to a critical cause without having to travel far from home.

The Lamar Library event not only saved lives but also fostered a sense of unity within the community. Local residents from all walks of life came together, recognizing the importance of supporting their fellow South Carolinians. The event was a reminder that a single act of donating blood can make a significant impact on countless lives. Volunteers, library staff, and donors alike experienced a shared sense of purpose and pride as they collectively worked towards a common goal.

The Blood Connection bus ensured a safe and efficient blood donation process. Trained medical professionals adhered to strict protocols, ensuring the health and safety of both donors and recipients. By following stringent guidelines and employing advanced sanitization measures, the organization ensured a risk-free environment for all participants. This commitment to safety further emphasized the importance placed on the well-being of the community, underscoring The Blood Connection’s dedication to its donors and recipients.

Kelly Shull, Lamar Library Branch Manager, said they plan to make this a regular event, noting that the bus will be back on August 3rd of this year. As the day came to a close, the impact of the Lamar Library blood donation event resonated throughout the town. The selfless act of donating blood ensured that hospitals in the state would have a steady supply of this life-saving resource. With each donation, individuals left a lasting legacy that would touch the lives of countless South Carolinians in need. The event showcased the power of community, compassion, and the vital role of blood donation in saving lives.

The Blood Connection bus, stationed at the Lamar Library for only one day, but it demonstrated the transformative effect of collective action. This event brought the Lamar community together, leaving an indelible mark on South Carolina’s healthcare system. Through the selflessness of blood donation, the Lamar Library became a beacon of hope, connecting neighbors and saving lives. For more information or to schedule such an event at your church, business or other location, please contact Mercy Myers, Corporate Partnership Coordinator for The Blood Connection at 803-569-7457 or email her at

Author: Stephan Drew

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