HONOLULU - The senior class at St. Francis School held a community blood drive Wednesday morning. 

It's tradition for seniors to give a gift to the school upon graduation, but this year, seniors wanted to give a gift that helps the whole community. 

They partnered with the Blood Bank of Hawaii. 

To meet the needs of local patients and hospitals, the blood bank needs about 200 donations each day. 

KITV spoke with students about why they donated. 

Rya Ornong, a senior at St. Francis school, stated "my grandma would inspire me because she would always tell me if I had an opportunity to give back, especially blood, she would encourage it, and she would donate blood at least once every month I believe."

Jake Smotherman, first time donor, said "I have a brother, when he was first born he had two full blood transfusions. Without those, he wouldn't be here today. So I have a pretty good incentive to donate."