New bill allows 16-year-olds to donate blood

— Thanks to a new bill that passed in the House recently, the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region will soon be able to accept blood donations from 16-year-olds who have written parental/guardian consent.

The American Red Cross is excited to spread awareness that blood donation is something a 16-year-old student can do to make a difference in their community.

“Many of our committed donors began donating blood while they were in high school. As our donor base continues to age, it is important to educate a group of young donors about the importance of a safe and stable blood supply,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO of the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region.

Any 16-year-old who would like to donate blood should visit www.redcrossblood.

or call the eligibility hotline at 866-236-3276 to find out more information. Before donating, 16-year-olds must review a few materials and have a parent or guardian sign a written consent form to be brought to the drive. — G.G.

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