Need for blood donations never takes a summer vacation

| July 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Michelle Lele
Armed Services Blood Program, Tripler Army Medical Center

Armed Services Blood Program

Armed Services Blood Program

HONOLULU — Summer is here, and the Armed Services Blood Program still needs everyone’s services.

One in seven people will need a blood transfusion sometime in their life, and blood donations are used every day for service members, veterans and their families around the globe.

A decline in blood donations is typical during summer as donors become busy with seasonal activities and sometimes overlook donating blood.

The summer heat doesn’t stop the need for the blood; Tripler Army Medical Center’s Blood Donor Center is asking everyone who is eligible to continue donating blood or at least to give blood before going away.

Like all ASBP donor centers, TAMC’s Blood Donor Center collects all blood types. However, type O Negative is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations. Type O Negative donors can make the difference between an adequate blood supply and a summer shortage.

If you can’t donate, you can still help. Try organizing a blood drive. TAMC’s Blood Donor Center will gladly bring a mobile team to various locations and will work to help coordinate, recruit and schedule a successful blood drive.

Illness, accidents and diseases don’t take a holiday and neither can blood donations, so three to four mobile blood drives are scheduled on different military installation throughout Hawaii, each week.

Donations truly make a lifesaving difference.

Blood Drives

Tripler Army Medical Center’s Armed Services Blood Program will hold blood drives at the following dates, times and locations:

•July 29, 11 a.m-3 p.m., Main Exchange, Schofield Barracks.

•Aug. 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Navy Exchange, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

•Aug. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, Building 520, Fort Shafter.

•Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Schofield Barracks Health Clinic.

•Aug. 16, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Pollock Theater, Camp Smith.

•Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 3rd Floor, Radiology Department, TAMC.

•Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Kunia Tunnel.

•Aug. 24, 11 a.m-3 p.m., Main Exchange, Schofield Barracks.

•Aug. 29, 6:30-9:30 a.m., Army ROTC, University of Hawaii, 1311 Lower Campus Rd., Honolulu.

•Aug. 30, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Tropics Recreation Center, Schofield Barracks.

•Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Kaneohe Bay Chapel.

•Sept. 12, 6:30-9:30 a.m., Air Force ROTC, UH, 1311 Lower Campus Rd, Honolulu.

•Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., NEX, JBPHH.

Call 433-6699 or visit for more details. To learn more about ASBP, make an appointment or organize a blood drive, call 433-6148 or visit


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