16 Year Olds May Donate Blood In New Jersey
Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region
September 24, 2009
Governor Jon S. Corzine on May 6, 2009 signed new legislation which reduced the minimum age for donating blood to 16 years of age with parental consent.
Previously, a person who is 17 years of age or older is eligible to donate blood in a voluntary and non-compensatory blood program without the permission of a parent or guardian.
The legislative change permits those 16 years of age to donate blood in a voluntary and non-compensatory blood collection program with written permission from the potential donor’s parent or guardian.
“The American Red Cross is prepared to start collecting blood immediately from 16-year old donors with parental consent and welcome them as members of our life saving mission,” said Brigid O’Neill-LaGier, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross, Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region.
“Reaching out to 16 year old donors will allow us to continue to maintain a stable blood supply throughout the State of New Jersey, along with showing a younger generation that donating blood is a great way to give back to the community.”
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