Blood Bank returning to Maui

Breaking news! According to the Blood Bank of Hawaii, “the U.S. blood supply is experiencing a critical shortage of blood nationwide as a result of the continued impact of COVID-19.” It also stated that “Blood centers are reporting blood inventories falling to critically low levels due to the combined impact of reduced levels of blood donations and an increase in patient demand for blood as the nation’s hospitals resume surgery schedules.”

BBOH also noted that “although all blood types are needed and will be used, there is an immediate and high need for O-Positive and O-Negative blood types.”

If you are in good health and thankful that you have eluded the coronavirus, I urge you to seriously consider donating a pint of the gift of life so three hospitalized individuals can recover from their serious medical condition. As you know, the pint of blood that you donate is separated into three components: plasma, red blood cells and platelet so each can be used to treat three different types of illness or injury. Your donation would be a tremendous way to celebrate this Thanksgiving by helping three strangers who desperately need your blood.

In order to get as many donors as possible during this critical blood drive, BBOH has modified its schedule to accommodate more people. It will be at the Cameron Center on Sunday, Nov. 22 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Tuesday, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please call (808) 848-4770 to make an appointment. Happy Thanksgiving.

William T. Kinaka



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