The American Red Cross still is in need of blood donations.

In particular, platelets are being asked for. Officials say blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in. The Red Cross reported that 90 blood drives across the country were canceled in December. You can head to the Red Cross donation website to find the closest American Red Cross location here in Torrance and to book an appointment.

Torrance Memorial Medical Center reported that they had a critical shortage, but its employees stepped up last week to donate, and their donation center is now trying to keep the momentum going. To donate to TMMC, you can go make an appointment by calling them at (310) 517-4647.

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance has a lower inventory of universal donor blood at the moment. Locals can schedule an appointment at its donor center by calling (310) 303-5843.

One blood donation can help save the lives of up to three people.