Donate blood Monday at annual drive for free ice cream at Kamoi

How would you like a free double scoop of your favorite ice cream from Kamoi Snack-n-Go? Who wouldn’t. All you need to do is go to Molokai General Hospital on Monday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and donate to the Blood Bank of Hawaii’s annual blood drive on Molokai.

The goal is to collect 100 pints, half of the amount that the blood bank uses every day across Hawaii. According to Wendy Abe, the Blood Bank’s chief operating officer, keeping the blood supply at a safe level during the summer is quite challenging because many people go on vacation or are busy with other plans.

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 but the actual collection of blood takes only five to eight minutes.

A Well-trained phlebotomist, and friendly, professional clinical assistant will take you through the process in a timely manner, and you are on your way.

In Hawaii, only 2 percent of the eligible population donates blood. More donors are always needed. To be a blood donor a person must be in good health, be 18 years of age or older and weigh 110 pounds or more. Bring a valid photo ID with date of birth to the hospital Monday when you donate.

To make an appointment or get more information, visit http://www.bbh.org or call the Blood Bank of Hawaii toll-free at 1-800-372-9966.

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