The Blood Bank of Hawai‘i invites Maui residents to donate blood at one of the following drives scheduled at Maui Economic Opportunity for the community in December:
• Tuesday, Dec. 21, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Dec. 22, 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
• Thursday, Dec. 23, 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
• Friday, Dec. 24, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
Every day in Hawai‘i, 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 Hawai‘i, only 2 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 the Blood Bank of Hawai‘i toll-free at (800) 372-9966.