The American Red Cross is urging people to consider donating blood during the New Year. Donated blood is used throughout the country for victims who need transfusions and for emergencies around the country where blood is needed to help victims effected by some form of tragedy. A press release from the Red Cross stated 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. Throughout the year a number of places around Cooper County will be the site of blood drives. This includes the Boonville High School, 1690 W. Ashley Road, on January 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. C&R Market, 1004 Main Street, will hold a blood drive on January 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Blackwater Depot Community Center, 200 Railroad Ave. in Blackwater will hold a blood drive on January 21 from 2:45-7 p.m. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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. The release stated 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 redcross.org.