Archive for Wednesday, November 28, 2001

THS students head blood drive

November 28, 2001

Local residents got into the spirit of giving this holiday season with blood.

The American Red Cross had a blood drive Friday at the Tonganoxie High School multi-purpose center. The THS Family, Career and Community Leaders of America sponsored the one-day event, which accumulated 69 units of blood. The Red Cross usually sets a goal of between 60 and 70 units of blood per drive.

"We had a lot of student body participation," FCCLA sponsor Pam Lamb said Friday. "Quite a few community people stopped in."

Junior Holly Casper proposed the idea for the group's first blood drive.

"After everything that happened September 11, there was a need for blood," Casper said.

The drive is one of a few community events the group takes part in.

The Tonganoxie FCCLA also visits the Tonganoxie Nursing Home in February and participates in a trick-or-treat food drive in October. The organization also adopts a family for the Good Shepherd Thrift Store annually and volunteers at a soup kitchen.

Casper hopes the blood drive will be an annual event as well.

"I'd really like to keep this up," Casper said.

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