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Give the gift of life

By Staff | Jun 16, 2011

KAHULUI — The Blood Bank of Hawaii invites Maui residents to donate blood at an upcoming drive at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Kahului.

The schedule is: Monday, June 20, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, June 21, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, June 22, 7 a.m. to 3:30 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 2 percent of the eligible population donates blood. More donors are always needed.

Blood donors must be in good health; 18 years of age or older (17 with signed Blood Bank parent/legal guardian consent form); 110 pounds or more; and 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 Hawaii toll-free at 1-800-372-9966.