Naples High School held its annual blood drive on Mar. 8. Students were eligible to donate blood to Naples Community Hospital Community Blood Center, the sponsor of the event.

“I’ve been doing the blood drive here for six years now,” NHC worker Jennifer Knight said.

Blood that is collected in all of the schools around Naples stays in Collier County to be distributed to local hospitals. Donated blood is also used to help people with conditions such as cancer, heart surgeries, and leukemia.

“This drive, we had eighty-seven students sign up,” Knight said.

Bus where the blood was taken contained beds and nurses who were responsible for taking care of students. People who were at least 16 years old were allowed to give blood. Each student received free water and a cookie.