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

With the beginning of a new year comes a fresh start. New Year's resolutions are often made to form good habits and reach new goals. 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 typically decline this time of year, as many regular donors are impacted by inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. The Red Cross hopes that New Year's resolutions can include donating blood regularly. This month, there will be a number of opportunities to give blood in Montevideo, Granite Falls and surrounding counties.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Chippewa County

Jan. 22 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Training & Community Center, 711 S. 17th St. in Montevideo, Minn.

Cottonwood County

Jan. 29 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Community Center, 1750 Cottonwood Lake Drive in Windom, Minn.

Redwood County

Jan. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wabasso High School, 1333 May St. in Wabasso, Minn.

Jan. 24 from 12-6 p.m. at Lorraine Ballroom, 330 Central St. in Sanborn, Minn.

Jan. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Community Center, 160 Front St. East in Vesta, Minn.

Yellow Medicine County

Jan. 22 from 1-7 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1050 10th Ave. in Granite Falls, Minn.

Jan. 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Minnesota West Community & Technical College, 1593 11th Ave. in Granite Falls, Minn.

How to donate blood

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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. 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.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit