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Blood drive Tuesday at Williams Bay High School

March 11, 2009 | 09:31 AM
Williams Bay — Village residents will have the chance to possibly save someone's life Tuesday.

That's because the Williams Bay Junior/Senior High School's student council is sponsoring a blood drive March 17, from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. At-risk coordinator Charlie Mestek is in his fourth year helping the event.

"This is a great way to reach out to the community," he said. "It allows us to give back a little bit. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to know we possibly saved some lives."

The drive is through the Blood Center of Wisconsin. It is open to people ages 16 and older. This is the first year 16-year-olds are allowed to give blood, and they will need parental permission. Anyone is welcome, and the school is encouraging the community to get involved.

Mestek said last year there were 67 donors, and the school is hoping for around 84 this year. He said every little bit will help.

"There's a shortage of blood," he said. "The Blood Center only has two or three extra days of blood. The amount of donors tends to go down during the bad winter. Most of the blood is used locally in Walworth County hospitals."

Mestek said the drive will start a little earlier in the morning this year to accommodate people who work that day.

This isn't the only thing the student council does to give back to the community. Every Thanksgiving, the student council does a food drive. Also, they help victims of natural disasters.

"With last year's tornado in Wheatland, we collected clothing items for victims," Mestek said. "We always try to rally the troops when people are in need."

Appointments are encouraged for the blood drive, but walk-ins are also accepted. Donors must weigh 110 pounds and have a photo ID. Also, for the first time this year, everyone who donates will receive a free T-shirt.

"People really need blood," he said. "It could happen to anybody who's in a car accident."

Mestek added that donors are pretty loyal, and he has a good time seeing repeat donors. He really hopes the community gets involved in the blood drive.

"We have such a good-looking school," he said. "It's good to let the people see our facility. It's a very positive thing, and the kids are excited."

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