16-year-olds Now Eligible to Donate Blood

January 13, 2011


There's something about being age16.

It's the magic number that signals a sort of rite of passage into adulthood. It means eligibility to obtain a driver's license, being old enough to date, wear makeup and even get a job.

It also means a chance to regularly help save someone's life.

In the state of Michigan, eligible 16 year olds 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.

Just click here to download the form and other necessary documents. Get your parent or legal guardian to sign the consent form and then bring it to a Red Cross blood drive.

Before your blood donation, both you and your parents should carefully read "A Student’s Guide to Blood Donation”.

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, help someone by donating and then see how good it feels to know you've really made a difference.

Individuals who are 17 years old (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors YOUNGER THAN 19 YEARS also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.  Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.