Give the gift of life

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Phlebotomist Connie Ryan marks the location of a vein on Linda Quarberg’s arm as Quarberg prepares to donate blood for the 226th time Tuesday during a Blood Bank of Hawaii blood drive at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale in Hilo.

January is National Blood Donor Month and the Blood Bank of Hawaii is hosting several East Hawaii blood drives this week:

• 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today (Jan. 23) at Hilo High School gym.

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• 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 24) at Kamehameha Schools Hawaii’s WCL integrated facility in the multipurpose room.

• 8:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday (Jan. 25) at Waiakea High School in the library.

According to the blood bank, a total of 200 blood donations are needed every day in Hawaii to maintain an adequate blood supply and fulfill the state’s needs.

Because each pint of whole blood is separated into platelets, plasma and red blood cells, one donation can help the lives of up to three people.

Donors must be in good health, 18 or older (16- and 17-year-old donors with signed Blood Bank of Hawaii parent/legal guardian consent), weigh 110 pounds or more (additional height/weight requirements apply for female donors ages 16-18) and should bring photo ID with date of birth.

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For updates and information about local blood drives, visit Blood Bank of Hawaii on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

To make an appointment or for more information, call Blood Bank of Hawaii at 848-4770 or visit BBH.org.

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