Red Cross urges people to give blood for New Year’s resolution

This New Year’s, the American Red Cross encourages people to resolve to help patients in need through regular blood donations.

As the winter season continues, blood donations are especially needed. Donations decline when many regular donors are impacted by inclement weather and seasonal illnesses.

“There is no better resolution to make this New Year’s than to help save lives with the Red Cross. Give the gift of life and help give patients another year with their loved ones,” a spokesman said.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:

Arkansas County

• Jan. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, Stuttgart.

• Jan. 21 from 1 to 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Cabot.

Jefferson County

• Jan. 21 and Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the American Red Cross Blood Center, 1610 W. 42nd Ave., Pine Bluff.

For details or to make an appointment call 1-800-733-2767 or visit .