Blood Bank of Hawaii (BBH) is urging Hawaii residents to donate blood this week to replenish the state’s blood supply in the wake of Hurricane Lane. Drives across the state were cancelled on Thursday and Friday, and the Young Street Donor Center closed its doors on Friday due to the impending storm. As a result, blood collections were lower than normal, leaving BBH with less than a one-day supply of blood.
“Donors are urgently needed to roll up their sleeves and donate now to help replenish our blood supply,” said Kim-Anh Nguyen, MD, PhD, BBH president and CEO. “Every two seconds someone needs blood for a lifesaving treatment or emergency care.”
BBH needs at least 500 pints of blood this week to maintain its supply to hospitals, which are regular blood users. Hospitals had enough blood to cover them during the storm and over the weekend, but their supplies are now running low. About 200 blood donors are needed every day to help meet the needs of Hawaii’s patients.
Donors can visit the following locations to donate blood:
|LOCATION||HOURS OF OPERATION|
Young Street Donor Center
Monday – Thursday
|POP UP DONOR CENTERS|
|University of Hawaii at Manoa||Tuesday|
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
|Bishop Street||2nd and 4th Friday|
10 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
|Kailua Town Center|
1st and 3rd Thursday
|Waikele Center||2nd and last Monday|
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
|Mililani Marketplace||1st and 3rd Wednesday|
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
To donate blood, donors must be:
- Be in good health
- Be 16 years of age or older (16-17 year olds can donate with a signed BBH parent/legal guardian consent form)
- Weigh at least 110 pounds* (see BBH website for details)
- Have photo identification with birth date
To make an appointment, donors can call (808) 848-4770 or visit BBH.org.