Members of the Lynbrook High School Key Club have not only raised thousands of dollars this year for charitable organizations, they have also saved lives. The club hosted its third and final blood drive of the school year on May 1 in the Lynbrook High School gymnasium where a total of 82 pints of blood was donated to those in need.
Despite the restrictions due to COVID-19 this year, club members were determined to make their blood drives a success. As a result, they were able to donate more than 217 pints of blood this school year, surpassing their original donation goal.
“This year has been all about going with the flow and doing our best to make a difference, and I am really happy with the impact Key Club has been able to have in the community and for people in need,” said incoming Key Club President and LHS junior Emma Ward.
During the May 1 event, many Key Club members donated blood and countless other members attended the blood drive as volunteers. A large group of Key Club members also had family or friends donate along with them or for them if they did not qualify or were underage.
Incoming Key Club Social Media Manager and LHS junior Abigail Almonte felt “incredibly humbled and thrilled” that she was able to donate blood.
“It’s amazing how a causal 20-minute donation can make such a huge impact on someone else’s life,” she said. “I am eager to keep donating.”
This spirit is felt throughout the Lynbrook community as the blood drives are one of the Lynbrook High School Key Club’s major annual events. Dr. Benedict Tieniber, key club adviser, enjoyed being able to hold the event again at the high school.
“I am extremely proud of this group,” he said.
Key Club members are already excited for next year’s blood drives and look forward to continuing to make a difference in so many lives.