HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The holiday season is usually a challenging time for the state's blood supply. People are busy shopping, or they get sick and cannot donate. Only two percent of those eligible in Hawaii actually donate blood.
The entire process takes about an hour, with the collection time lasting just several minutes. The Blood Bank of Hawaii needs 200 pints of blood every day. Uses include surgeries, cancer therapy, and treatment after accidents.
To donate blood you must be
• in good health
• at least 18 years old, or 17 with parental consent
• weigh at least 110 pounds
• have a valid photo ID with birth date
The holiday season is traditionally a low turnout time for blood donors. Neal Arita has been giving for years; he explains how he got over his initial hesitation about giving blood:
"There's a lot of fear the first time. Once I started giving, getting over that hump, it was easy. It doesn't hurt, once you get over that initial poke."
"I've known people who have needed blood, people in the hospital. It's a way of giving back. God has given me good health, and this is one of the things that money cannot buy. Blood gives life, so if I can give life to another person, it really blesses me" said Arita.
The Blood Bank of Hawaii's Donor Center is located at 2043 Dillingham Boulevard in Kalihi, but they are conducting blood drives regularly around the islands. For more information you can call the Blood Bank of Hawaii at 845-8866 or visit their web site by clicking the link on this page.