MANCHESTER >> The next Red Cross Blood Drive is Wednesday, Jan. 13, between the hours of noon and 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Manchester. The Red Cross is encouraging all regular donors to give blood at this time. Donors are also urged to bring a friend because the need for blood continues to grow. New donors must be 16 years-old, (with parent's permission) or 17 years or older, in good health and weigh at least 110 lbs.

For an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) Organizers are hoping to have several gift certificates for the donors' raffle.