BUFFALO — 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 redcrossblood.org 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 Ellicottville area include:

Jan. 5, 1 to 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 5049 Route 219, Great Valley;

Jan. 8, noon to 5:30 p.m., Elks Lodge, 209 W. State St., Olean;

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

Jan. 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Salamanca High School, 50 Iroquois Drive, Salamanca;

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

Jan. 10, 1 to 7 p.m., Hillside Wesleyan Church, 753 Prospect Ave., Olean;

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