Key Club saves lives, annual blood drive event

SOPHOMORE CHRIS WARD takes a recess after getting his blood drive. The annual CHS blood drive was a huge success in which many students volunteered their time to help the community. (Samantha Radford)

Key Club is a CHS student-led service organization that focuses on social issues such as homelessness and child welfare. Their ultimate goal is to not only collect donations for those less fortunate but to lend time to those in need.

Over the years, Key Club has hosted the annual Blood Drive for the American Red Cross, a nonprofit organization that is known for collecting a variety of blood types for those around the country who need transfusions to potentially save lives.  In the past years, the students in this organization were the largest in the Hampton Roads area to donate blood and the club hopes to achieve the same this year.

Social Studies teacher and Key Club sponsor Ms. Faircloth will work with the Red Cross to head up the Blood Drive event. Students can stop by to sign up anytime. The Blood Drive will take place on Wednesday, November 30, from 8:00 am – 12:45 pm, in the school’s gymnasium.

“If you ever want to save a life, this is your opportunity,” Faircloth said.

To donate, participants should bring a permission slip to show that they are 16, have an ID, and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. There are still open slots to donate blood.

According to Faircloth, one pint of blood can save four lives and the blood will go to a variety of people in need around the world. Also, every volunteer can ‘follow’ their blood to see where it ends up and who will receive the donation.

In exchange for blood donations, students who participate will receive a $10 Amazon Gift card.