More than 100 productive units of blood were donated Nov. 22-23 at Grandview Heights High School in a blood drive held in honor of Haden DeRoberts, senior class president of the GHHS class of 2011.

More than 100 productive units of blood were donated Nov. 22-23 at Grandview Heights High School in a blood drive held in honor of Haden DeRoberts, senior class president of the GHHS class of 2011.

Another date for the blood drive has been set for Dec. 9 at First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Blvd.

DeRoberts, a freshman at Ohio University, was diagnosed with leukemia a little more than a month ago and is undergoing treatment at the James Cancer Hospital.

“In Grandview, people rally around each other,” said Kim Sides, a community member and friend of the DeRoberts family.

After talking to DeRoberts’ father, Sides helped organize the blood drive with the American Red Cross as a way for friends and community members to show their support for DeRoberts.

“So many students and just people from the community signed up to donate blood,” Sides said. “Grandview is an unbelievable community. No matter who is in need, people just show up and do what they can.”

“Grandview is a very tight-knit community where everybody knows everyone, kids go to school together their whole lives and families are there for each other,” said Maria Koob, a friend of the DeRoberts family.

A total of 104 productive units were donated over the two days at the high school, exceeding the goal that was set, said Laura Pappas, Red Cross donor recipient representative for the area that includes Grandview.

“It was a great response, especially since the drive took place just before the Thanksgiving holiday,” Pappas said. “We have a need for blood 365 days a year, but people tend to forget about it during the holidays.”

The Dec. 9 blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. at First Community Church. Anyone wishing to schedule a time to donate blood on that day can do so via the www.redcrossblood.org website, Pappas said.

An appointment can be made by looking for the “find a blood drive near you” link on the website’s homepage, clicking on “enter sponsor code” and typing in “hadenderoberts,” she said.

Appointments can also be made by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

It’s not surprising that so many people have turned out to show their support for DeRoberts, Koob said.

“He’s so well-liked and popular. That’s why he was elected class president,” she said.

Community service is important to DeRoberts, who served as a Big Brother/Big Sister volunteer for the Tri-Village Mentor League and also as a camp counselor at Camp Akita each summer, Koob said.

“He’s looking forward to getting back to OU and to being there at Camp Akita again next summer,” she said.