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New Year resolution: Give blood

During a time of new beginnings and resolutions, the American Red Cross continues its dedication to recognizing and honoring all blood donors during National Blood Donor Month.

Since 1970, National Blood Donor Month has been celebrated in an effort to educate Americans about the importance of regular blood donation and the impact it can have on patients in need.

"We thank our current blood donors and encourage those who have never donated blood to make an appointment to donate today," said Dr. David Mair, interim CEO of the local Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region. "Patients across the United States rely on a stable blood supply. The Red Cross needs healthy and eligible people to donate regularly to help meet those patients' needs."

Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:

•January 8 - 1:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 411 Hawthorne Street, Alexandria.

•January 9 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 411 Hawthorne Street, Alexandria.

•January 13 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Minnewaska High School, 3330 West Highway 28, Glenwood.

•January 14 - 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Central Square, 105 2nd Avenue NE, Glenwood.

To donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. 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. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.