Members of a local high school group are helping their peers understand the importance of giving the gift of blood.
With help from the Red Cross, the Schuyler County High School FFA held its annual blood drive Monday afternoon at the school in Queen City.
The group is trying to get high school students involved and giving back to their community, especially with the holiday season around the corner.
"The importance of giving blood is a major thing we are trying to get across. Giving blood is really important to our community and knowing there is a blood shortage, giving blood is a great thing to do," said FFA Member Shelby Thompson.
Students were also on hand to support first-time blood donors.
The group hoped that a total of 47 units would be donated, and they say the turnout was great.