Thousands of 16-year-olds donate blood in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The American Red Cross says more than 14,000 16-year-olds have given blood in Ohio since the state lowered its minimum donor age from 17 to 16 last fall.

Red Cross officials say the young teens' donations have helped some 42,000 people. A spokesman for the Red Cross says the number of new donors comes at a time when blood drives at businesses have seen smaller turnouts because more Ohioans have lost their jobs.

The state changed the minimum age requirements about the same time that the Red Cross tightened up restrictions for teen donations.

The Red Cross says anyone younger than 19 has to meet criteria based on height and weight before giving blood. Older donors have to weigh at least 110 pounds.