Red Cross hopes to draw younger crowd to blood drive - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Red Cross hopes to draw younger crowd to blood drive

Turning 16 years old is a milestone for teens.  They can drive cars and now, they can donate blood.

Starting Tuesday, Kentucky law allows 16-year-olds to give blood.  And the Red Cross is hosting an unusual event to draw a younger crowd.

For 16-year-old Logan Sparks, it's a new rite of passage, since she now can give blood.  House Bill 139 makes it legal for 16-year-olds in Kentucky to donate blood with a signed parental consent form.

The teens must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.  Kentucky is one of 24 states with the law.  Before, teens had to be 17 years old to donate blood.

The American Red Cross estimates there's about 4,000 16-year-olds in our region that are now eligible to donate.

Through a program called Music Saves Lives, several blood drives will be held in the local area, with live music and free concert passes to try and get younger people to donate.

And for Logan Sparks, saving someone's life outweighs the small pain of the needle.  She says you, "can't let fear stop you from something that really needs to be done."

U of L is holding a blood drive Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Red Barn.

The blood drive at Bellarmine ends at seven Tuesday night.

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