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Blood Drive Held At Evergreen Park Community High School; 60 Units Donated

EVERGREEN PARK, IL – Several Evergreen Park Community High School staff members joined many junior and senior students at the school to donate blood on Thursday. The school’s National Honor Society brought back its annual Blood Drive after a two-year absence due to the coronavirus pandemic as approximately 60 units of blood were collected.

“It was the first drive we were able to hold in three years, so it was good to be back,” said Ben Nesler, EPCHS’ social studies division chair and faculty sponsor of the National Honor Society.

Much of the donated blood will go directly to local hospitals for immediate use, Nesler said. EPCHS partnered with Versiti, a fusion of donors that recognize the gifts of blood and life are precious, in the collection and donation.

NHS members thanked the students and staff members who participated, making the first blood drive since the pandemic began a successful one. School nurse Vicki Tracy, in particular, worked hard in keeping track of the donors.

“It was a good way for NHS to end their year,” Nesler said.