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16-Year-Olds Now Eligible to Donate Blood


October 6, 2009

There's something about being 16.
It's the magic number that signals a sort of rite of passage into adulthood. It means eligibility to obtain a driver's license and for many, being old enough to date, wear makeup and even get a job.
It also means a chance to regularly help save someone's life.
We now allow 16-year-olds to donate blood with written parental/guardian consent that weigh at least 110 lbs. and are in general good health. They can donate their blood to someone else and help someone to live - what a simple, selfless gift.
If you are age 16 years old and want to help someone, what better way to do that than to save their life? And it's so easy. All 16-year-olds will need a signed parental consent each time they donate their life-saving blood.
Youth blood donations are important. The one hour it takes to donate can mean decades of life to someone else. And one donation means so much because it can help up to three other people. And right now, that's so important. Only 38 percent of Americans are eligible to donate their blood yet only a fraction of those eligible donors actually donate.
So a "new generation" of blood donors is needed to meet patient needs in your community.
If you are 16 years old, help someone by donating and then see how good it feels to know you've really made a difference.

How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.
About the American Red Cross
The Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region serves northern and central Indiana and northwestern Ohio, and needs to collect about 500 units of blood a day to meet patient need in more than 60 hospitals. In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.