As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.

Millions of people are expected to take to the roads, rail and air to celebrate the season, which can cause fewer donors to be available and lead to a decline in blood and platelet donations. In addition, severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses can temporarily prevent some from giving. Donors with all blood types are needed now to help patients.

Bloodmobiles

Jan. 15-- St. Mary Cathoilic Church, 340 N. Main St., Hudson, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Jan. 18-- Grand Village Retirement Community, 2610 E. Aurora Road, Twinsburg, 1 to 7 p.m.

Jan. 18-- Kent State Student Center, Summit Street, Kent, noon to 6 p.m.

Jan. 19-- Howard Hanna, 195 Barrington Town Square, Aurora, 1 to 6 p.m.

Jan. 19-- Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 9080 Shepard Road, Macedonia, 1 to 6 p.m.

Jan. 20-- Nordonia Middle School. 73 Leonard Ave., Northfield Center, 1 to 6 p.m.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.