Blood Bank to accept blood donations from 16-year-olds

Blood Bank to accept blood donations from 16-year-olds
The Siouxland Community Blood Bank (SCBB) will begin accepting blood donations from 16-year-olds in Nebraska and South Dakota, effective Monday, Oct. 22.

"This change will standardize our donor requirements across Siouxland," announced Tim Hess, SCBB director of marketing. "We're updating the rules in Nebraska and South Dakota to match those already in place in Iowa."

"We currently receive about 18 percent of our blood donations from high school students," said Heather Marreel, SCBB director of recruitment. "We're excited to offer high school sophomores in Nebraska and South Dakota the same opportunity to donate as sophomores in Iowa."

To be eligible to donate blood, individuals must be at least 16 years of age; however, there is no upper age limit as long as the donor is in good health. Donors under the age of 17 require parental consent. In addition, donors need to weigh at least 110 pounds and have not donated whole blood in the past 56 days. A photo I.D. is required at the time of registration.

For more information about the Siouxland Community Blood Bank or blood drives, call 712-252-4208or 800-798-4208 or visit

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