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NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB) -

Students in Newtown know first-hand what it’s like when a community has to cope with a tragedy.

Now, students at the Newtown Middle School are reaching out to help others.

On Tuesday, friends and neighbors and strangers are being asked to donate blood, but it isn’t a typical school project but one the students have been working on for a while.

"When you donate, you donate one pint and that can help up to three people so you could be potentially saving lives,” said Anna Burns, a student at Newtown Middle School.

"It's a really important because only 38 percent of the American population can donate and only 10 percent do - so it's really tough to get people to donate blood,” said student Miles Dievert.

Blood is almost always needed during a crisis, and it is personal in the Newtown community where they are about to mark the three-year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"It's, it's never far from us - we always have it in the back of our minds but yes, we're still addressing many issues as we go through,” said Andrew San Angelo, a social studies teacher.

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 1:15 until 6 p.m., anyone can donate, and there will be a food drive at the same time to benefit a local pantry.

"We need for the Faith Food Pantry, coffee, canned soup, dog food and cat food - so if you bring that, it'd be good,” said student Carlie Smith.

"Their desire to do well - to see what they've done, just with this food bank, this blood drive and food drive has been tremendous. They are an exceptional group of kids,” San Angelo said.

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