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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) 




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.
September 28, 2016
Richard Haefele has been a dedicated American Red Cross volunteer for the Ulysses community blood drive for many years, including serving as the blood drive coordinator for the past 11 years. Haefele has also been a lifelong blood donor and in August, he made his 100th donation. Haefele will be...
September 21, 2016
The American Red Cross is calling all Kansas State University Wildcats to roll up their sleeves and help save a life by donating during the annual fall blood drive scheduled Sept. 27 – Sept. 30. Organizers hope to collect 600 pints of blood during the four-day drive. Giving blood is a simple...
September 21, 2016
The American Red Cross is partnering with the University of Kansas to host its annual fall blood drive Sept. 26-30. The Red Cross and blood drive organizers are hoping to collect 270 donations at this year’s annual drive. “We’re looking forward to once again being on the KU campus...