Younger People Are Donating Blood

Younger People Are Donating Blood

by Emily Baird on January 7, 2010

The cold temperatures have dropped blood donations, but one group is stepping up to help.

It seems as though the younger generation is more willing to get in that chair and to help stock that supply.

"We try to get them at least 2 or 3 times every school year into every high school if possible, only because they’re there. They’re a captive audience, and it usually works out very well," says Muskingum Valley Red Cross Executive Director, Dan Hartman.

Hartman says the Red Cross hasn’t had a problem yet with consenting 16-year-old donors.

"Not only is there parental consent, but we make sure we safeguard their safety. So, going in we knew 16-year-olds-just like 17 & 18-year-olds, we just make sure we take care of them, " says Hartman.

The Red Cross lowered the blood donation age to 16-year-old Ohioans back in October.