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) 




July 14, 2017
On July 18, the Beloit community can celebrate the continued good health of 4-year-old Keller King by giving blood and helping avoid a summer shortage. Keller enjoys trucks, sports and wrestling with his brother. Keller is also a blood recipient.
July 5, 2017
The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.   Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer...
June 15, 2017
Leah Reay touched many lives with her generosity and enthusiasm before her death in a traffic collision Jan. 22, 2017. Join the Salina community in remembering Reay by donating blood at one of two upcoming drives to be held in her m emory.
June 15, 2017
        The American Red Cross and Rocking M Radio invite you to pump up your summer at the 22nd annual Pump Up the Volume Blood Drive to be held June 26-28 at Sunrise Presbyterian Church. The annual summer event helps the Red Cross collect blood to avoid a summer blood...
June 12, 2017
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take to help save lives.    Schedule – Use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-...
May 30, 2017
The American Red Cross urges those who have never given blood before –  as well as those who haven’t given recently – to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now and help sustain a sufficient community blood supply this summer.  
May 4, 2017
PITTSBURG, Kan. — Three-year-old Jaden Perona loves the color red, building with his Mega Bloks and riding his battery-powered four-wheeler. In order to enjoy his favorite things, Jaden needs twice-weekly injections to help control severe hemophilia, a condition that severely reduces his...
May 4, 2017
While protecting and serving the community, members of the Topeka Police and Fire Departments see the need for blood firsthand. To help raise awareness of the ongoing need for blood, Topeka’s first responders will be partnering with the American Red Cross for the inaugural Topeka Red Cross...