Opportunity to give back to the community

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Photo by Isabela Casimiro

Junior Guadalupe Rosales meets with Interact members Flora Nei ('19) and Ruby Lebo at last year's spring blood drive.

By Leslie Najera-Rivas, Editor in Chief

As a way to save lives, Interact Club and Health Occupations Students of America will host the annual fall blood drive on Friday from periods 1 – 9. 

“(It is) to help supply needed blood. Banks within Chicagoland area at times are low and it’s much needed for transfusions, accidents, you name it,” Interact Club adviser Gavin Engel said. “It’s a way to give back and you know that your blood is going to a good cause.” 

Anyone who is 16 and older can sign up but 16 and 17-year-olds will need a permission slip.

The blood drive will use the help of Vitalant, also known as LifeSource, will collect blood.

“Students meet with a nurse, (with the use of) just a pinprick, and (the nurse will) let them know if they can move on with the donation,” Engel said. 

One hundred sixty-six donations were made overall in last year’s fall and spring blood drives.

Engel wishes the best for the blood drive.

“It’s a great program, and I’m excited to give back,” Engel said.