Thursday, September 13, 2001

America Attacked

Blood donors crowded into the office at the Blood
Donor Clinic on Dillingham Boulevard on Tuesday
to register to give blood.

Hawaii continues
to donate aloha

Isle residents keep giving blood
after the tragedy of terrorism

Star-Bulletin staff

The Blood Bank of Hawaii collected 407 pints of blood Tuesday, beating its single-day record of 307 pints set in a 1999 Honolulu Police Department Windward community blood drive.

In the wake of the terrorist attacks on American soil, people continued to answer the call for donors yesterday, with the blood bank collecting 269 pints by 4 p.m. and expecting to exceed 350 pints by closing.

With flights still grounded yesterday, the blood bank said it has turned to military transportation to cover shipping needs.

"The outpouring support in Hawaii is inspirational, and we applaud everyone for their desire to help," said Robyn Yim, Blood Bank president and medical director.

Blood will continue to be needed for several weeks, and donors are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 845-9966 on Oahu or 1-800-372-9966 on the neighbor islands.

Oahu's blood collection is being centralized at 2043 Dillingham Blvd. There is also a downtown center at 126 Queen St. Both sites are holding extended hours this week.

People on the neighbor islands should plan on donating at regularly scheduled blood drives as follows:

>> Big Island

Sept. 19: Hilo State Building, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sept. 20: Hilo State Building, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sept. 21: Hilo Medical Center, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Nov. 5: Hilton Waikoloa Village, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nov. 6: Kahilu Town Hall, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Nov. 7: Royal Kona Resort, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

>> Kauai

Oct. 17: Wilcox Memorial Hospital, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Oct. 18: Kauai War Memorial, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oct. 19: Kauai Community College, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

>> Maui

All drives will be held at the Cameron Center.
Oct. 24: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Oct. 25: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Oct. 26: 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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