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Editor's Notebook: January is National Blood Donor Month

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to give back.

My mom and I stopped by the Congregational United Church of Christ in St. Charles, which had Heartland Blood Centers on site conducting a blood drive. We were there to donate blood, and the timing was perfect as January is National Blood Donor Month.

As I’ve written in my column before, I’ve been donating blood since high school. To be honest, if a blood drive hadn’t been hosted at my high school while I was a student there, I don’t know whether it would ever have crossed my mind to donate – I think it was that early experience that got me into the habit.

I reflected on this while perusing the website for the American Red Cross, which states that people don’t need a special reason to give blood, they just need their own reason.

“Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend,” the site states. “Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood someday. Some believe it is the right thing to do.”

The site goes on to say that no matter the reason, blood is always in need and donations are important.

So, I would encourage readers to consider whether they are able to donate blood, particularly during the month of January.

To learn more, visit the Heartland website at or call 630-892-7055; visit the Red Cross website at; or visit the LifeSource blood donation website at or call 877-543-3768.

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Jake Powers wrapped up his internship with the Kane County Chronicle earlier this month.

It was a pleasure working with Jake, who is studying journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a former Geneva High School student. While with the Chronicle, Jake tackled sports reporting.

“Thank you so much for letting me intern with the Kane County Chronicle the past few months,” Jake wrote in an email to me at the end of his internship. “This truly was an awesome experience.

“The most valuable part of the internship was actually being able to go out and perform the tasks of a sports reporter. I believe that the best way to learn anything is to actually go out and do it, and that’s exactly what the Chronicle provided. I was able to polish my interviewing skills, note-taking ability and ability to work with a tight deadline. These skills just can’t be taught in a classroom.”

Thanks to Jake for all the hard work he put in during his internship. We’re happy to have given him some hands-on experience.

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle and president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board. Contact her at or 630-845-5368. Learn more about NINA at

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