Blood Bank of Hawaii is on Hawaii Island this week and the week of September 18 collecting blood. They’re always in need of blood.and they welcome donors both longtime and first-time.invites Hawaii Island residents to donate blood at the following community drives. For appointments, call toll free : 800-372-9966.
West-side drives will be held:
- Monday, September 3: Church of Latter Day Saints, Kona Stake Center, Cultural Hall, 10:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
- Tuesday, September 4: Church of Latter Day Saints, Waimea Hawaii Ward, Cultural Hall, 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 5: Solid Rock Ministries, Worship Area, 7a.m. – 2 p.m.
East-side drives will be held:
- Tuesday, September 18: Aunty Sally’s Kaleohanao’s Luau Hale, 9:45 a.m. – 5: 15
- Wednesday, September 19: Aunty Sally’s Kaleohanao’s Luau Hale, 7:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
- Thursday, September 20: Aunty Sally’s Kaleohanao’s Luau Hale, 9:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
- Friday, September 21: State of Hawaii DAGS Bldg., Conference room A, B, & C., 7:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Every day in Hawaii, hundreds of patients count on volunteer blood donors for their survival. Typical uses for the donated blood include surgical procedures; treatment of accident victims and chemotherapy patients; and mothers and newborns during delivery.
Because each donation is separated into three different components — red blood cells, platelets and plasma — a single donation can help save the lives of up to three people.
The donation process is safe and usually takes about an hour. A confidential interview and a mini-physical are administered, but the actual collection of blood takes only five to eight minutes.
In Hawaii, only two percent of the eligible population donates blood. More donors are always needed. The requirements to be a blood donor are simple:
- Be in good health
- Be 18 years of age or older (17 with signed Blood Bank parent/legal guardian consent form)
- Weigh 110 pounds or more
- Bring a valid photo ID with date of birth
To make an appointment or get more information, visit www.BBH.org or call Blood Bank of Hawaii toll-free at 1-800-372-9966.