The American Red Cross is urging people to donate blood during December.

Upcoming donation opportunities in Bartholomew County are:

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 16, 23 and 30 and Jan. 6 at La Quinta, 101 Carrie Lane, Columbus.
  • 12 to 5 p.m., Dec. 28, First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St., Columbus.

Upcoming donation opportunities for Jennings County:

  • 12 to 4 p.m., Dec. 20, Senior Citizens Center, 515 Buckeye St., North Vernon.
  • 1 to 6 p.m., Dec. 20, First United Methodist Church, 240 Poplar St., North Vernon.
  • 3 to 7 p.m., Dec. 28, Wal-Mart, 2380 N. State Road 3, North Vernon.

Donations tend to decline around December, but the needs of patients remain steady. All blood types are needed to ensure a sufficient supply for patients, the Red Cross said in a news release. Those who donate between Dec. 22 and Jan. 8 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

To make an appointment or for more information: Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.