The color of crimson flows through Minden High School students' veins by giving the heartfelt gift of life.
Students with the National Honor Society are urging others to also give back to their community by helping sponsor a LifeShare Blood Centers blood drive at Minden Walmart, Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"I am so proud of the students at Minden High. They are always so good at giving to their community," said Mary Jo Henderson, LifeShare Blood Center Donor Recruiter.
The students at MHS have donated blood and 20 students will be receiving Honor Cords from LifeShare Blood Center. Honor Cords are given to students that donate at least six times within their high school career. Students to receive their Honor Cords will be: Edwin Moncrief, Derek Rice, Ontrez Shyne, Colby Hennigan, Carmela Specks, Robert Thomas, Jonathan Toland, Andrea Gill, Gabriel West, Demarria Hill, Devin Corrente, Mia Day, Victoria Gosa, Adam Martin, Kathleen Monroe, MaSharie Samuel, Kara Watson, Baily Coleman, Willie Jackson and Kaylee Maddox.
According to Henderson, seven students are one donation away from receiving their Honor Cords: Fisher Nixon, Travious Thornton, Aaron Aings, Angel'lea Powell, Chelsey Powell, Jamario Moore, and Kelsey Osbon.
While nine students are two donations away: Christian Bethea, John Stanley, Zackery Edmonson, Khadesha Minix, Shakur Peters, Emmangelic Quaries, Salilah Walker, Tatiana Coley and Jacob Lee.
Family members or members of the community can also donate in a student's name, in order for the student to receive their Honor Cord.
National Honor Society President Chase Toland has seen firsthand MHS students giving back to their community.
"We always have a large number (of students) that are willing to give but you have to be a certain age to give," Toland said. "There is a lot that want to give blood, but some are not able to, for one reason or another."
Students that are 16 years old need a parent's signed permission in order to give blood. However, students that are 17 and older are able to give blood without permission.
Giving back to their community by giving blood is not the only community service that MHS students have accomplished. National Honor Society students have had fundraisers and also toy drives.
"Some of the things that we have done is having workers (student volunteers) go to UCAP and help out, we had a toy drive for Shriners Children's Hospital, and donated $2,000 to St. Jude through various fundraisers," Toland said. "We have had two blood drives so far (this past year)."
Toland is proud of his school and says that Minden High is very giving.
Teachers at MHS encourage the gift of life. They motivate their students by giving incentives to those who donate blood, according to Toland.
The National Honor Society at MHS consists of approximately 50 students that are inducted by being on the A honor roll or Principals list and maintaining B honor roll or better throughout the school year according to Sponsor/ Teacher Jeanne Flynn.