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Central Plains Blood Services Region

The resources on these pages provide current information for media professionals to share with their audiences. We invite members of the press to use this information or to contact our communications staff for additional statistics, commentary on current issues, or to arrange interviews with staff experts.


Additional Resources

  • National Media Resources Center
    Visit the American Red Cross National Media Resource Center for the latest press releases and other information to help share stories about the Red Cross mission.

  • Blood Facts and Statistics
    Facts about blood, the donation process, blood components, testing, the need for blood and the American Red Cross Blood Services

  • History of Blood Transfusion
    A pictorial timeline highlighting significant moments in the history of transfusion from the 1600's to the present


Media Contact

If you have questions or would like to schedule a media interview, please contact:

Jan Hale, External Communications Manager 
Central Plains & Southwest Blood Services Region
(918) 344-0720 (p) (918) 344-0720 (c) 




May 22, 2015
 Annie Rinae Myers loved butterflies and would spend hours in the Botanica Gardens’ Buttlerfly House. Now, three years after her death at 5 years old from hemophagocytic lymphohistocytosis (HLH), Annie’s, family is returning to her beloved place to remember their daughter, raise...
May 18, 2015
The American Red Cross urges donors to choose their day to give hope to patients in need by donating blood or platelets during the “100 days of summer. 100 days of hope.” campaign, officially sponsored by Suburban Propane.
April 1, 2015
The American Red Cross is calling all Kansas State University Wildcats to roll up their sleeves and help save a life during the annual spring blood drive scheduled for March 31 – April 3. Blood collected at this drive could help those like Haevyn Stoddard, 2-year-old daughter of Kansas State...
April 1, 2015
During National Volunteer month in April, the Ottawa community is invited to give blood in remembrance of longtime donor, Harry Wasko. Before his death in January 2015, Wasko had donated 106 pints of lifesaving blood. Giving blood was a tradition Wasko shared with his wife, Ruth Ann, who has given...
March 19, 2015
Mulvane residents are invited to donate blood at the upcoming community drive March 28 in honor of longtime multigallon blood donor, Terry Donovan. Until his lung cancer diagnosis in August 2014, Donovan was a dedicated blood donor. While he continues to undergo treatment, Donovan is encouraging...
March 19, 2015
Once again, Jordan LaFond’s family is choosing to honor his memory by announcing the fourth annual Jordan LaFond Memorial Blood Drive. The drive will be held at the American Red Cross Hays Blood Donation Center from March 24-April 4. Jordan lived just 34 days and received numerous...
March 10, 2015
Following round after round of snow, freezing rain and arctic cold in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for eligible blood and platelet donors to give now to help restock its shelves. March storms forced the cancellation of more than 200 blood drives, resulting in...
March 4, 2015
In honor of Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages people to uncover their inner hero and donate blood or platelets, volunteer their time or sign up to organize a blood drive. Since 1943, every president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross...
February 19, 2015
The American Red Cross of Midway Kansas is excited to celebrate 100 Years of being in our community. During this special time, the Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes during Red Cross Month. “Everyday heroes help those in need in Kansas”, said Jill Orton, Region...
February 6, 2015
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a sufficient and diverse blood supply by giving blood this February. Since the beginning of the year, widespread flu and inclement winter weather in some parts of the country have prevented many regular donors from making or keeping...