FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2007

16 Year Olds Can Donate Blood With Parental Consent Effective September 1

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DAYTON, OH — (August 28, 2007) Community Blood Center (CBC) is excited to announce that beginning September 1, 16 year olds will be permitted to donate blood at all CBC locations with parental consent.  Previously, donors needed to be at least 17 to give blood at CBC. 

High school blood drives provide a special opportunity for students to learn about community service and the value of selflessly helping others.  Students who donate blood in high school often continue donating after graduation.  Teen blood donors show great civic responsibility, maturity and a sense of community pride.

“Sixteen is a milestone age for teens,” stated Jodi Minneman, chief operating officer of CBC.  “Sixteen means taking on more responsibility whether it’s driving or getting a first job.  Now it means that 16 year olds are empowered to help save lives through blood donation with parental consent.  You can tell that young blood donors feel great about helping others in need because that sense of pride and accomplishment is written all over their faces.”

CBC will be sending consent forms for distribution to area high schools prior to their blood drives and a copy of the consent form may be found on CBC’s Web site at www.givingblood.org or picked up at any CBC branch.  Teens planning to give blood need to eat a good meal and be well hydrated on the day of donation.  Teens also need a good understanding of their health history for the blood donor screening process. 

Donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name.  Past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card.  Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with parental consent), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good physical health.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically.  Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email canidonate@cbccts.org or call 1(800)388-GIVE.

Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services™, an independent, not-for-profit organization, is registered to ISO 9001:2000.  Community Blood Center provides blood products to 25 hospitals in the Miami (Ohio) and Whitewater (Indiana) Valleys.  For more information about Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services™, visit www.givingblood.org.


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