Celebrate World Kindness Day by donating blood


TRINI: WELCOME BACK TO “LIVING 808.” TODAY IS WORLD KINDNESS DAY. BLOOD DONORS ARE GREAT THEY DONATE FOR PEOPLE THEY DO NOT KNOW, THEY DON’T GET PAID, AND THE PATIENTS NEVER KNOW WHO WE ALWAYS HEAR HOW THERE IS A NEED FOR BLOOD. IT IS A NEED FOR MORE BLOOD DONORS. TELL US ABOUT THAT. ABSOLUTELY. BECAUSE OF OUR REMOTE LOCATION, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT HAWAII TRY THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII. ONLY 2% OF THE POPULATION ACTUALLY DONATES. BLOOD IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE YOU CANNOT GROW IT ON A FARM AND CANNOT MAKE IT IN A LET THE COMMUNITY KNOW THE NEED FOR BLOOD AND HOW A SIMPLE ACT OF KINDNESS CAN HELP SAVE LIVES. TRINI: I LOVE THAT. IT IS A GOOD REMINDER BECAUSE TODAY IS WORLD KINDNESS DAY. IT IS SOMETHING WE WANT PEOPLE IT IS VERY EASY. MOST FIRST-TIME DONORS ARE KNOWING THE BLOOD THEY DONATED IS GOING TO SAVE SOMEBODY’S LIFE. THE FIRST THING WE DO WHEN YOU COME IN HIS HAVE YOU FILL OUT A HEALTH HISTORY QUESTIONNAIRE. THAT IS DESIGNED TO MAKE SURE IT IS SAFE FOR YOU TO DONATE AND SAVE TO GIVE YOUR BLOOD TO SOMETHING ELSE. THEN WE DO A PHYSICAL WHERE WE CHECK YOUR TEMPERATURE, BLOOD PRESSURE, AND IRON LEVEL TO MAKE AFTERWORD COMES THE EASY PART. YOU GET TO LAY DOWN AND DO YOUR BLOOD DONATION. IT ONLY TAKES FIVE TO EIGHT PEOPLE FEEL GREAT KNOWING THAT SIMPLE ACT OF KINDNESS CAN SAVE WHAT IS THIS? WE HAVE A DONOR HISTORY HEALTH HISTORY QUESTIONNAIRE. WE HAVE THE BLOOD PRESSURE CUFF. WHEN YOU DONATE, YOU DO GET A FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK. A GOOD ADVANTAGE FOR YOU WHEN WE HAVE THE LITTLE MACHINE WE USED TO MEASURE YOUR IRON LEVEL TO MAKE SURE IT IS SAFE. TRINI: HOW DOES THAT MEASURE YOUR IRON LEVEL? WE TAKE YOUR BLOOD AND PUT IT IN THE MACHINE. YOU CAN MEASURE THAT WHILE YOU ARE THERE. TRINI: GREAT. THIS LOOKS FAMILIAR. THIS IS THE BANDAGE AFTER YOU DONATE BLOOD. WHEN YOU SEE ANYONE WALKING AROUND WITH THAT, YOU CAN SAY THANK YOU FOR SAVING LIVES. THIS IS A BADGE OF HONOR WHEN SOMEONE DONATES BLOOD. YOU CAN SEE THE ARMBAND. TRINI: THAT IS WONDERFUL. IT SOUNDS LIKE IT IS IMPORTANT DONORS. ARE WE OPENING UP FOR 16-YEAR-OLDS? WE DID. AS OF THIS YEAR, WE FOLLOWED THE BEST PRACTICES AND OPENED THE DOORS TO 16-YEAR-OLDS THIS PAST FEBRUARY. TRINI: TERRIFIC. I REMEMBER HEARING THERE IS AN I KNOW YOU’RE SAYING WHAT IS INTERESTING IS SALT LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THOUGHT IT WAS NEVER TOO EARLY TO TEACH CHILDREN TO BE KIND AND GIVE TOTALLY FITS THAT MOLD. IT IS THE FIRST TIME EVER THE P.T.A. IS A DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THIS. BUT THE CLASSROOM THAT DONATES THE MOST GET A PIZZA PARTY HOSTED BY OUR BLOOD BANK OF HAWAII MASCOT. IT IS MAKING IT FUN, BUT TEACHING THEM SAVING LIVES AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU. FOR SALT LAKE ELEMENTARY, WHAT WAS REALLY INSPIRING FOR THEM WAS KNOWING THAT THE BLOOD FROM ISN’T THAT SWEET? TRINI: I LOVE THAT. THAT IS WONDERFUL. IT IS SO SMART. WHEN MY KIDS COME HOME AND TELL ME THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING, PARENTS TYPICALLY LISTEN TO THEIR KIDS. THEY WANT TO SET A GOOD EXAMPLE. I LOVE IT IS HAPPENING FOR THE FIRST TIME AT AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THIS IS GREAT. THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING HERE. DO PEOPLE GO DOWN TO THE BLOOD BANK? IS THAT WHERE THEY DO THIS? DURING THE HOLIDAYS, IT IS A TOUGH TIME FOR PEOPLE TO COME OUT AND DONATE BECAUSE OF THE HECTICNESS OF THE SEASON. WE TELL THEM WHEN YOU ARE SHOPPING AND ALL OF THAT, WE HAVE YOU PUT YOUR FEET UP AND ENJOY THE ULTIMATE GIFT OF GIVING. IT IS SO EASY. JUST GO TO OUR WEBSITE. BBH.ORG. WE ARE ALL OVER. WE HAVE THE BLOOD MOBILES, THE DONOR CENTER. OUR JOB IS TO MAKE IT EASY FOR YOU TO SAVE LIVES. AL QAEDA AND GIVE THE ULTIMATE GIFT DURING THE HOLIDAY — BE KIND AND GIVE THE ULTIMATE GIFT DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON. TRINI: IT IS THE TIME OF GIVING.

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