The American Red Cross badly needs blood and platelet donations in South Carolina - and particularly from donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

After a call for action in July, "the Red Cross saw an increase of approximately 7.5 percent in the number of donors coming to give blood, resulting in more than 11,800 additional donations beyond what was anticipated," a press release reported.

Still, the Red Cross is distributing donations to South Carolina hospitals as quickly as they are coming in and the need for more remains urgent.

American Red Cross offices are located in both West Ashley and Mount Pleasant.

For more information about local donation sites or upcoming blood drives, visit www.redcross.org/blood.

Reach Lauren Sausser at 937-5598.