Locust Valley students are extremely generous and donate to a large variety of worthwhile causes. They collect food, coats, money, and even blood! An incredible 66 pints of blood were donated during the Locust Valley High School Blood Drive sponsored by the Interact Club.

During this annual event, the Middle School/High School mini-theater was transformed into a collection center for six hours, and representatives from the New York Blood Center collected the blood from the donors.

Among the donors were Locust Valley High School students, staff members and community members. The turn out was wonderful and the students’ efforts will make a difference for someone in need,” said Interact Advisor Barbara LaBella.

LVHS Senior, Raysa Bousleiman is President of Interact, a high school club devoted to helping the community.  She said the blood drive’s importance has multiple facets. “It raises awareness of the importance of communal effort and the importance of giving back,” she said. “It is most important, however, in that it encourages the students and faculty of LV to donate blood.” She explained that each donation potentially saves three lives and mitigates the shortage of blood that NY state blood centers are constantly under. Raysa added that, “the drive provides a simple yet significant opportunity to give back to our community. The tangible, significant impact that the drive has on our community is what makes it worthwhile.”

Raysa organized the blood drive with fellow seniors and Interact Club members Claire Lynch, Sarah Hall and Mary Leibold, who is the club’s Vice President. Senior Soraya Sonjana lent a hand the day of the blood drive, when every bit of help was appreciated!