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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)
jan.hale@redcross.org 

 

 

 

 
January 18, 2017
Following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves to overcome a shortage.   Since Dec. 1, about 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel due to...
January 4, 2017
The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.    Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer...
December 19, 2016
As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.  
December 5, 2016
It can’t be wrapped or placed under a tree, but the perfect gift can help save patient lives this holiday season. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the lifesaving gift of a blood donation in December, a time when donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady....
November 28, 2016
Local fire, law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel are teaming with the American Red Cross for the 22nd annual Battle of the Badges blood drive to see who can recruit the most eligible donors in the community to donate blood.
November 22, 2016
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the perfect gift this holiday season – a lifesaving blood or platelet donation. By rolling up a sleeve, donors can help ensure patients continue to receive treatment throughout the holiday season.   Busy holiday schedules and travel...
November 14, 2016
Payton Kannarr, a freshman at St. Mary’s-Colgan High School, likes reading, traveling and spending time with her dog, Luna. Payton is also a blood recipient, receiving transfusions every 10 to 14 days as part of her treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
November 4, 2016
Sage Edwards and Caleb Moraine are typical teenagers. Caleb, 18, likes playing the drums and playing video games. Sage, 16, loves roller derby, journalism and being involved in school activities. Unlike other young people, they are both fighting cancer and are recipients of many blood transfusions...
October 17, 2016
The American Red Cross has an emergency need for eligible donors in the Wichita and Salina areas to make an appointment now to give platelets to ensure critical patient needs are met. Platelets, the clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment, must be transfused...
September 29, 2016
Before he passed away in June, Fran Hestermann was a longtime American Red Cross volunteer and supporter of the blood donation program. As a survivor of heart surgery and cancer, he had received transfusions and knew firsthand the importance of giving blood.