Nathan Klingenberg donates blood

George-Little Rock High School senior Nathan Klingenberg sits patiently for a blood donation.

George-Little Rock High School hosts blood drive for LifeServe

GEORGE—You don’t need to be from an alien planet, fly through the air or beam lasers from your pupils to be a superhero.

The making of a superhero is in your blood, literally.

That is why students at George-Little Rock High School donated blood on Wednesday morning.

LifeServe Blood Center of Sioux City visited the high school library in George. LifeServe is a nonprofit organization that supplies blood to 120 hospitals in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Its current blood drive theme is “Not All Superheroes Wear Capes.”

“One-in-seven people entering a hospital will require some sort of blood transfusion,” said Megan King, territory representative for LifeServe. “Each donation takes about an hour so one hour equates to three lives saved.”

George-Little Rock holds blood drives twice a year. Fifteen students donated at the fall blood drive in 2017, collecting 16 units. LifeServe generally visits the community every other month.

Students must be at least 16 years old and weigh 120 pounds or more to donate. Students under the age of 18 also need a form submitted from their parents.

New principal Steven Green said it was important to continue holding blood drives.

“It’s been a really great experience to provide an opportunity for the kids to reach out and serve others,” he said.

Along with saving lives, LifeServe adds another incentive to encourage students to donate. The organization offers two types of scholarship programs.

For the first scholarship, a school need to host two or more drives per year and be among the top schools in its enrollment category to draw the highest percentage of students.

For the second scholarship, a student must host a blood drive and recruit 40 blood donors.

“A lot of times in your smaller communities it’s more easily attainable because there is more community appeal,” King said. “People want to see them get the scholarship.”

Students and LifeServe staff were encouraged to take part in a theme for this blood drive. They were invited to dress as their favorite superheroes.

“Not all superheroes wear capes,” King said.