Blood donations are critical. The majority of people in Hawaii need blood, but only a small fraction - about 2% - actually give it. Donations are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply and fulfill Hawaii's needs.
An hour of your time spent donating blood can mean a parent will see a child grow up. A son marry. A daughter graduate. It can mean a neighbor will come home from the hospital. A mother hold a newborn. A friend survive cancer.
Today, life expectancy has increased. There are more accidents. More diseases. More surgeries. More demand for blood. Baby boomers will also raise that demand. And the need is only expected to grow. More blood donors are necessary to meet the growing needs of Hawaii’s patients. If not you, who?
Because each pint of whole blood is separated into three components - platelets, plasma, and red blood cells - one donation can help the lives of up to three people.
One donor wrote, “Donating blood is the most efficient form of community service. It doesn’t cost you anything and the impact on the lives of the patients and their loved ones is enormous.”
Medical science has yet to produce a synthetic option. Blood is vital to sustain a multitude of bodily functions, and life itself. If people lose blood from medical procedures, diseases, surgery or injury, or their bodies can't produce enough, there is only one place to turn: volunteer blood donors.
When asking donors why they donate, the most common response is, “It just seems like the right thing to do.”
Would you carve out an hour of your day to save the life of someone you know? Of course you would. Why not do it for someone you don’t know? Here in Hawaii, it’s our nature to give. We enjoy helping others. It’s in our blood.