CHS Key Club Holds Successful Blood Drive
The Key Club of Community High School recently completed another successful blood drive. As a result, 129 units were donated to Heartland Blood Center, which supplies blood to many of the hospitals and emergency centers in the suburban Chicago area. Key Club has been doing the blood drive for at least eight years, but since 9/11 they began holding a second drive each school year. They now schedule one in November and one in late April.
"I have been very pleased with the level of student support for the blood drive," said Key Club adviser Ward Rau. "It is a good thing to do and a good habit for people to get into. Unfortunately, only about 5% of the general population donate blood regularly. I feel like we are doing our part to increase that level by helping students to get in that habit early," he added.
"We have several students who donate regularly now, and have even had former students who donated while they were in school, come back to participate after they graduate," said Rau. "Many of the teachers also participate by donating blood. This sets a great example of community involvement for our students. It's also helpful for kids to know that their donation will be used to help someone in their own community." Key Club is affiliated with West Chicago Kiwanis Club.