The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give more life to patients into the new year by giving blood or platelets.

All blood types are needed this winter, Red Cross officials said. Platelet donations are especially encouraged the first week of the new year, which is among the most difficult to collect enough platelets to meet patient needs. Donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a special thank-you for taking the time to donate, those who come to give through Jan. 7 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in the Springville area include:

Jan. 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 9822 Route 16, Machias;

Jan. 7, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Forestville Wesleyan Church Community Building, 9447 Prospect Road, Forestville;

Jan. 8, 12:30 to 6 p.m., Immaculate Conception Church, 510 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora;

Jan. 8, 1 to 6 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 6360 Route 242, Ellicottville;

Jan. 10, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., West Valley Central School, 5359 School St., West Valley;

Jan. 12, 1 to 6 p.m. Free Methodist Church Community Center, 41 S. Main St., Franklinville;

Jan. 15, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., Nativity of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church, 26 Thorn Ave. Orchard Park; and

Jan. 16, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Hope Lutheran Church, 2 E. Main St., Arcade.