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Blood Bank returns in August

LIHUE — The Blood Bank of Hawaii will be back on Kauai in August and is urging residents to show they are “Tough Enough” to save lives. When the Blood Bank was last on Kauai in June, 196 residents donated blood.

The need for donors is especially high, as blood donations drop by more than 15 percent every summer when students are out of school and families go on vacation.

Anyone who donates blood during the summer will receive a receive a temporary “Tough Enough” tattoo. While walk-ins are welcome, making an appointment will save time during the donation process.

Blood Bank of Hawaii depends on 200 volunteer donors a day to provide lifesaving blood to Hawaii’s 18 hospitals. A single car accident can require up to 50 units of blood. Blood donations are also used daily for surgeries, trauma victims, delivering mothers, cancer treatments, transplants and other life-saving procedures.

Next month’s blood drives are all at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall: Monday, Aug. 5, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 7, 7:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

The general requirements to be a blood donor are simple: be in good health; be 18 years of age or older (16-17-year-old donors with signed Blood Bank of Hawaii parent/legal guardian consent); weigh 110 pounds or more (additional height and weight requirements apply for female donors 16-18 years old); bring photo ID with date of birth.

Appointments, info: 848-4770 or bloodbanktough.org
Source: The Garden Island

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