16-Year-Olds Will Be Allowed to Give Blood

by Emily Baird on September 30, 2009 at 5:45 am

The state of Ohio will be allowing 16-year-olds to donate blood, but they have to have permission from their parents.

The law goes into effect next Tuesday, October 6th.

The Red Cross says it hopes the new law will help increase blood donations. It is estimating that about 10 thousand more people will donate blood now, thanks to the change.

It says it relys of 20 percent of its annual blood donations from college and high school institutions.

The old minimun age requirement for blood donations was 17.

If you’re 16 and interested in donationg blood, visit givelife.org.