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Summer Blood Bank donations net free ice cream


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POSTED: Monday, June 22, 2009

The Blood Bank of Hawaii has teamed up with Baskin-Robbins Hawaii to increase awareness of the need for blood and encourage donations this summer.

“;Keeping the blood supply at a safe level during the summer is quite challenging because schools are out and many people go on vacation,”; Wendy Abe, the Blood Bank's chief operating officer, said in a news release.

During the Blood Bank's “;Give a Pint, Get a Pint”; promotion, donors who give at designated drives will get a coupon that can be redeemed at participating stores. Oahu, Kona, Hilo and Maui donors will receive a Baskin-Robbins Hawaii coupon good for a pint of ice cream.

Each blood donation can save the lives of up to three people because it is separated into red blood cells, platelets and plasma.

To qualify as a donor, a person must be in good health, 18 or older or 17 with a signed Blood Bank of Hawaii parent or legal guardian consent form, weigh 110 pounds or more and have a valid photo ID with date of birth.

The designated drives on Oahu will be as follows:

» July 3: 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dillingham Donor Center; 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., bloodmobile at Dr. K.B. Chun and Sons, Kailua; 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., LDS Kaneohe First Ward Cultural Center; and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., bloodmobile at Manoa Marketplace.

» July 4 (Independence Day): 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., bloodmobile at Town Center of Mililani; 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., bloodmobile at Pearlridge Center.

» Aug. 3: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dillingham Center; 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Downtown Donor Center; 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., bloodmobile at Waterfront Plaza.

» Aug. 21 (Admission Day): 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dillingham Donor Center; 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., bloodmobile at Town Center of Mililani.

» Aug. 24: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dillingham Donor Center; 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Downtown Donor Center; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., bloodmobile at Mililani Tech Park.

» Sept. 7 (Labor Day): 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dillingham Donor Center.

The designated drive on the Big Island is in Kona on Labor Day, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Kona Hongwanji Mission.

Maui's drive is on Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Cameron Center auditorium.

For a schedule of blood drives and other information, visit www.bbh.org or call the Blood Bank at 845-9966 or (800) 372-9966 toll-free.