West Bend High students answer call to give blood

CREATED Dec. 11, 2013 - UPDATED: Dec. 11, 2013

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WEST BEND - Last year it was "Finding Hemo." This year - the "Platelet Playoffs."

West Bend High School's student council today organized one of the state's biggest school-run blood drives; organizers hoped to collect from 700 donors.
 
The effort comes after the winter weather struck several cities across the country - forcing many blood centers to cancel scheduled drives.
 
This drive was particular meaningful for several reasons, perhaps the most significant being most of the donors are in high school.
 
"High school students donating is such a big deal because it's a simple act of charity that we can do," junior Kimberly Kolb tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "We don't have a lot of money, and we're always running around. This takes about an hour and you save a life without even knowing the other person."
 
Kolb and her classmates want everyone in the community to donate, so they're keeping the drive open until 7:00 p.m. Those interested are invited to visit the school 1305 E. Decorah Road in West Bend.