Opportunity to give back to the community


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.