Monthly Maui Blood Drive June 20-22, 2011

June 20, 2011, 2:32 PM HST
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By Wendy Osher

Image courtesy Blood Bank Hawaii.

The Blood Bank of Hawai’i hosts it’s monthly blood drive on Maui this week.  The Blood drive run from June 20-22, 2011 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kahului.

Donations are accepted at the Church’s Kahului Hawaii Stake Gymnasium located at 125 West Kamehameha Ave:  Monday June, 20 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21 and 22 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The donation process usually takes about an hour, and includes a confidential interview and a mini-physical.  The actual blood collection portion, takes just five to eight minutes.

According to Blood Bank officials, only 2 percent of the eligible population in Hawai’i donates blood.  More donors, they say, are always needed.  Hundreds of patients in Hawai’i rely on blood donors for their survival.

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To become a blood donor, you must be:

  • In good health
  • 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 I.D. with date of birth
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Blood donations are often used for surgical procedures, treatment of accident victims and chemotherapy patients, and by mothers and newborns during delivery.

To make an appointment or for more information, visit www.bbh.org or call the Blood Bank of Hawaii toll-free at 1-800-372-9966.

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