EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- This Thanksgiving, you can help give area hospital patients something to be thankful for by giving the gift of life.
East Peoria High School is on board.
A handful of students organized a blood drive at the school Tuesday in conjunction with the American Red Cross.
The goal was to get at least 60 blood donations.
All donors got a free pumpkin pie.
"It's good incentive for kids," said Zoi Metternich, an East Peoria High School student who helped organize the blood drive. "You get out of class, you get a free pie, and and you save three lives. That's always the kind of catch phrase I use to coax kids to come donate. Even if it's their first time. It's also exposing kids to painless and how much you're doing by doing so little."
For more information on upcoming blood drives in the area or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800 RED-CROSS or visit www.RedCrossblood.org or click on the link above.