January is not only the start of a new year but here in South Texas, it's also a time to recognize the important, life-saving work done by South Texas blood & Tissue Center. They work tirelessly year round to make sure hospitals have the blood needed for patients of all kinds that might be undergoing surgery or who suffer trauma that requires emergency medical care. Donating blood isn't something that most people think about very often, and that's why we like to help spread the word by sponsoring blood drives throughout the year.

First off, we want to thank all the donors that gave a lifesaving donation during our Holiday Blood Drive last month, over 100 people donated!

Secondly, we want to let you know that there are several drives this month where you can donate. Here is a list of drives the rest of this month.

DeTar Hospital
Jan. 20, 2016
101 Medical Drive
9:30 a.m. to noon
IBC Bank: Victoria
Jan. 20, 2016
6411 N. Navarro St.
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
Jan. 24, 2016
407 N. Bridge St.
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church
Jan. 24, 2016
12183 FM 236
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Victoria College
Jan. 25, 2016
2200 E. Red River
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Billy T Cattan Recovery Outreach
Jan. 26, 2016
1908 N. Laurent, suite 195
9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Victoria Advocate
Jan. 26, 2016
311 E. Constitution St.
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Victoria College
Jan. 26, 2016
2200 E. Red River
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Citizens HealthPlex
Jan. 28, 2016
9406 Zac Lentz Parkway
9 a.m. to noon
Exterran
Jan. 28, 2016
8193 Lone Tree Road
2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Detar Health Center
Jan. 30, 2016
4204 N. Laurent St.
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Wal-Mart: Navarro
Jan. 30, 2016
9002 N. Navarro St.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
Jan. 31, 2016
4102 N. Ben Jordan St.
8:30 a.m. to noon
Donors must present identification. Anyone who is 16 years old and weighs at least 120 pounds (with parental consent form), or 17 years old and weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good general health may donate blood. All donors receive refreshments and a mini-physical, and are encouraged to eat before and after donation. Learn more about blood donation by clicking here. .