Donate Blood for Ice Cream
Blood Bank of Hawaii Press Release
The Blood Bank of Hawaii (BBH) invites Molokai residents to give a pint of blood and get ice cream in return on August 3.
Donors who give a pint of blood on August 3 will receive a free double-scoop ice cream coupon redeemable at Kamo’i Snack-n-Go. This “Double Scoop” drive will take place (schedule is subject to change):
• Monday, August 3: Molokai General Hospital, special procedures room, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The promotion aims to heighten awareness of the need for blood and to inspire people to give during a traditional period of low donor turnout.
Every day in Hawaii, hundreds of patients count on volunteer blood donors for their very survival. Typical uses for the donated blood include surgical procedures, treatment of accident victims, ulcers, anemia, mothers and newborns during delivery, and cancer therapy.
Because each donation is separated into three different components — red blood cells, platelets and plasma — a single donation can help save the lives of up to three people.
The donation process is safe and usually takes about an hour. There is some paper work, a confidential interview and a mini– physical, but the actual collection of blood takes only five to eight minutes.
In Hawaii, only 2 percent of the eligible population donates blood. More donors are always needed. The requirements to be a blood donor are simple:
• Be in good health
• Be 18 years of age or older (17 with signed Blood Bank of Hawaii parent/legal guardian consent form)
• Weigh 110 pounds or more
• Bring a valid photo ID with date of birth
To make an appointment or get more information, visit www.bbh.org or call the Blood Bank of Hawaii toll-free at 1-800-372-9966.