To kick off the season of giving this Fall, BYU–Hawaii hosted a blood drive in partnership with the Blood Bank of Hawaii. Students said they feel great giving blood because it stays in Hawaii. The Blood Drive was held on Sept. 26 and 27 in the Aloha Center.
Blood donor Allyssa Warner, a freshman from Utah majoring in social work, said she heard about the event through the Service Center’s Instagram account. She said, “It’s just a good feeling because people in Hawaii can only get blood from people who donate in Hawaii. So, it’s really nice to know my blood is staying on the island and is really necessary for people.”
The Blood Drive was put on by the Service Center and is a regular on campus occurrence. Participants are able to sign up to donate blood at specific times, and according to the Blood Bank of Hawaii, only about 2 percent of the population in Hawaii donates blood, whereas one in seven people who enter the hospital are in need of blood.
Students said blood drives and donations are important as blood donations from the mainland are not brought to Hawaii. Blood is in high demand in the Hawaiian Islands.
BYUH alumna and nurse for the event, Kiana Eldredge, shared, “BYUH is one of our bigger college [blood] drives, so we get a lot [of blood donations]. I mean, we could always need more, but it’s definitely great seeing so many people come out, and we have a lot of people willing to walk in without an appointment.”
The Service Center said they are passionate about creating events like this to both benefit the community and the individual.
A specialist for the Service Center, Danilo Mantilla, a senior from Colombia studying marketing, said, “We promote the students to go outside the campus and meet all the nonprofit organizations across the North Shore. Many times, we have seen a lot of opportunities where the students go and do service with [the nonprofits] and they get hooked with them.
“They can find internships, and they found future jobs with them. They sometimes end up staying in Hawaii for the rest of their lives.
“The Hawaiian culture is very service-oriented,” said Mantilla, “You’re going to see Hawaiians have this culture of super extreme service to each other. Since we are here as guests, we need to adopt the same and reinforce it even more.
“[We need to] show them that we are willing to live with them and share the same values. We want all students to feel that way. We need to serve, not just because we have to, but because our culture is service.”
To find more events to get involved in hosted by the Service Center, visit https://servicecenter.byuh.edu.