This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. In New York, 10 blood drives were forced to cancel due to last week’s winter storm, causing 235 donations to go uncollected.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for the Ellicottville area include:

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

• Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 109 S. Barry St., Olean;

• Jan. 15, 3 to 8 p.m., Conewango Fire Hall, 12447 Northeast Road, Conewango Valley;

• Jan. 17, 1 to 7 p.m., Concord Senior Center, 40 Commerce Drive, Springville;