HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Blood donations tend to decline during the summer months. The corona pandemic does not help either.
Today on Saturday the Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council organized a blood drive in the city of Kailua to support the Blood Bank of Hawaii.
The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on donations.
“It was a real challenge,” said Kim-Anh Nguyen, President and CEO of BBH. “Before the pandemic, our blood supply came from blood donation drives in schools, in companies and on the neighboring islands. Well, with the pandemic there are lockdowns and so all these blood donation campaigns disappeared immediately. ”
Over 400 pints have already been donated in just a few hours during the Saturday trip. Among the participants was Lt. Gov. Josh Green.
“We are about 15% in the red over the summer. There was just an accident on the Pali. I saw a woman in the farmers market who passed out from anemia. The need is everywhere. So I want to encourage everyone to donate blood. This is a good time to do so, ”said Green.
The Hawaii Building and Building Councils hopes you can help them in their endeavors. The group aims to raise 500 donations by the end of the month
“We decided to join forces and have a friendly competition between all construction professions, spanning around 16 different units, to challenge our members and employees to come out here and donate blood,” said Damien, president of the Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council said Kim.
To learn more or to find a donation site nearby, click here.
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