Donate blood in January, receive gift card

MANCHESTER – The American Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2016, beginning with National Blood Donor Month in January.

For the ninth year, the Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts will partner in January to help increase donations and reward donors.

Through the "Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference" campaign, all those who come to give blood or platelets in January at Red Cross blood drives in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of New York will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card.

Winter is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs. Unpredictable winter weather can result in blood drive cancelations, and seasonal illnesses such as the flu may cause some donors to be unable to make or keep blood donation appointments.

Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative.

With a shelf life of 42 days, red blood cells must be constantly replenished to maintain an adequate supply for patients.

For more information about donating blood or to schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.

Local blood donation opportunities:

MERRIMACK

8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 5: St John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road.

MILFORD

1:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 14: VFW Post 4368, 1 VFW Way.

NASHUA

2-7 p.m. Jan. 7: Elks Lodge, 120 Daniel Webster Highway.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 12: Dartmouth-Hitchcock, 2300 Southwood Drive.