Blood donors needed on Kauai

For most people, the holidays mean festive gatherings and lots of shopping. For Blood Bank of Hawaii, it also means a 20% dip in local donations.

People are being asked to donate blood this week to help patients in need and raise Kauai’s ranking in the 2019 “Tough Enough Island Donation Challenge.”

Currently, Kauai is running second to the Big Island, followed by Maui and Oahu, with 74% of actual procedures when compared to the donation goal per island.

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

Blood drives on Kauai:

• 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today, Kauai Community College fine arts building;

• 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall, Lihue;

• 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Wednesday, Kapaa High School library.

One in seven people entering the hospital in Hawaii will need blood, but only a small fraction — about 2% — actually give it.

Two hundred blood donations are needed every day in Hawaii to maintain an adequate blood supply and fulfill Hawaii’s needs. One pint can save three lives.

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