Blood Bank of Hawaii to Celebrate World Donor Day
Countries around the world, including the U.S., will celebrate World Blood Donor Day on Monday, June 14 to raise global awareness about the need for a safe blood supply and blood products.
This year’s slogan “Give blood and keep the world beating” highlights the essential contribution blood donors make by saving lives and improving health outcomes with each blood donation.
In Hawaii, blood donors will be honored by lighting Honolulu Hale red from June 10 through June 14 and Aloha Tower on June 14 thanks to Mayor Blangiardi and the Hawaii Department of Transportation, respectively. Blood Bank of Hawaii’s donors, staff and supporters statewide are encouraged to wear red. All those who donate on June 14 will receive a complimentary Blood Bank of Hawaii branded face mask, and those who donate at the Young Street Donor Center will also receive a tote bag courtesy of Bloomingdale’s.
“We’re celebrating World Blood Donor Day to increase awareness about blood and the importance of maintaining a safe blood supply for all of our medical needs,” said Blood Bank of Hawaii’s Chief Executive Officer, Kim-Anh Nguyen. “While the past year brought many challenges, our community of donors upheld statewide demands and we couldn’t be more grateful.”
In preparation for a seasonal blood donation decline during the summer, BBH has partnered with Special Olympics Hawaii on a “Be a Sport. Donate Blood” statewide campaign to raise awareness and donations. From now through Aug. 31, with every blood donation made, much-needed sports equipment and/or PPE supplies will be provided to Special Olympics Hawaii athletes. People with intellectual disabilities were disproportionately impacted by the social isolation caused by the pandemic. The blood bank’s donations will help Special Olympics Hawaii athletes safely return to play later this year.
A single donation can save three lives. Donors interested in giving blood on WBDD or as part of BBH’s summer campaign may register at bbh.org or call 808-848-4770. As a reminder, an appointment is required as walk-ins can no longer be accommodated. Interested donors may connect via social media at @BloodBankHawaii for donation locations and hours, or for any questions about operations during COVID-19.