If you’re looking for a worthwhile resolution to make for the New Year, the Red Cross is hoping you’ll consider giving blood.

January is National Blood Donor month, which recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while also honoring those who donate to patients in need. It has been observed since 1970.

Winter is a difficult time to collect blood, Red Cross officials say. The unpredictable weather leads to cancellations of blood drives, and seasonal illnesses cause some donors to break appointments.

Blood of all types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. Blood has a shelf life of 42 days, so it must be constantly replenished to maintain adequate supply.

To donate blood, call (800) RED CROSS, or download the blood donor app at redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or request information.

A blood donor card, or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

High school students and other donors 18 and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.

Individuals who donate blood between Jan. 1 and 4 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Blood donation opportunities in The Telegram coverage area include the following by county:

Finney County: 2 to 7 p.m Jan. 5 and noon to 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 Fleming St., Garden City.

Grant County: Noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 8 at Grant County Fairground, 1000 W. Patterson Ave., Ulysses.

Hamilton County: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 13 at Hamilton County Fair Buildng, 806 S. Main St., Syracuse.

Haskell County: 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 5, Satanta Community Building, 108 W. Pawnee St., Satanta.

Lane County: 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 8, American Legion, 100 E. Plum, Dighton.

Meade County: 2 to 5:45 p.m. Jan. 8, Fowler Senior Center, 310 Church St., Fowler.

Morton County: 11:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 6, Elkhart City Hall, 433 Morton St.

Scott County: Noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 7, William Carpenter Building, 606 N. Fairground Road, Scott City.

Stevens County: Noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 7, St. Helen Catholic Church, 1011 Jefferson St., Hugoton.