Every day in Hawai‘i, hundreds of patients count on volunteer blood donors for their very survival. But the great majority of them are probably not vampires. We must feel it’s too draining to stick a little needle in our arm to keep live people living, because in Hawai‘i, only 2 percent of the eligible population donates blood. Apparently, we aren’t as interested in saving our friends, neighbors and relatives…. and that really sucks. Sorry.
Typical uses for the donated blood include surgical procedures, treatment of accident victims, ulcers, anemia, mothers and newborns during delivery and cancer therapy.
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 Blood Bank of Hawai‘i has scheduled blood drives in April to give O‘ahu, Kaua‘i and Maui residents the opportunity to help.
On Maui, blood drives will be held on Monday, April 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at King Kekaulike High School in Pukalani; and at the Cameron Center in Wailuku on Tuesday, April 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 21, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The donation process is safe and drama-free, usually taking about an hour. There is some paperwork involved, and there’s a mini-physical and a confidential interview (with a vampire?) to deal with, so the actual collection of blood takes only five to eight minutes.
More donors are needed and the requirements are simple: You must be in good health and weigh 110 pounds or more. You are expected to have a reflection and be photographable, because donors must bring with them a valid photo ID with date of birth. Donors must be 18 years of age or older (17 with signed Blood Bank of Hawai‘i parent/legal guardian consent form), but not over 137 (or they’re on to you).
If you still think it is way cooler to donate blood to a vampire, well then, let me rephrase: The Blood Bank of Hawai‘i wants to bite your neck. Whatever.
Feed a real need. To make an appointment or get more information, visit www.bbh.org or call the Blood Bank of Hawai‘i toll-free at (800) 372-9966 from Maui.
People are invited to follow the Blood Bank on Twitter at twitter.com/hawaiibloodbank.