High school senior Heather Malson says donating blood is more than just a civic duty. She says it's a life or death matter, especially for her.
"Yes, I've had three surgeries when I was a sophomore, junior, and this year as well, so I’ve had to use lots of blood," says Heather Malson.
That's why Heather, along with many other students, took a seat, rolled up their sleeves, grabbed some juice and donated blood. For the first time in Tallahassee at the blood drive at Leon High School, 16-year-olds are now allowed to donate with parental permission.
"I'm doing it and some of my friends who haven't been able to are doing it too," says 16-year-old Sarah Kothe.
Organizers say many adults might be surprised how many teens are ready to get up in the chair and hook up to the bag to help save lives.
"It's a great way for them to give back to the community and patients in the area," says Eliza Leporin with the Southeastern Community Blood Center.
One pint of blood can save up to three lives, so the efforts by these students aren't in “vein.”
If you are interested in donating blood, you can call 877-7181 for more information. The blood center is running low on O positive and negative, plus some A types.