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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 1600s to the present


Media Contact

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

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Biomedical Field Marketing and Communications




May 2, 2016
  ELLSWORTH, Ill (May 2, 2016) — Jay Boward’s family and friends are hosting a blood drive and encourage anyone who is eligible to donate to do so in his honor. The drive will take place Sunday, May 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ellsworth Fire Department.
April 28, 2016
  EL PASO, IL (April 28, 2016) — Amy DeLay is hosting a blood drive in memory of her late husband, Rick, to raise awareness of the rare condition that took his life. The event will be held Tuesday, May 10 at the El Paso United Methodist Church from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.
April 26, 2016
Red Cross urges blood and platelet donation in recognition of Trauma Awareness Month   PEORIA, Ill.  (April 26, 2016) — May is Trauma Awareness Month and the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood or platelets to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available...
April 22, 2016
  STERLING, Ill. (April 22, 2016) — The family of teacher Jen Banks invites the community to donate at an American Red Cross blood drive held in her memory on May 7 at Washington Elementary School in Sterling from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Banks died on Dec. 16, 2015 from injuries...
April 19, 2016
Long-time Red Cross employee, volunteer to be honored with blood drive   PERU, Ill. (April 19, 2016) — The community is invited to give blood in memory of Jean Greening at a special blood drive held in her honor on Tuesday, May 3 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at Peru Illinois Valley Community...
April 11, 2016
Dunlap Valley Middle School invites community to give   PEORIA, Ill. (April 11, 2016) — Dunlap Valley Middle School administration, staff and students encourage community members to help save lives by donating blood in memory of teacher Brooke Joseph, who died in August 2015 after...
April 1, 2016
20-year-old Tia Carr has been fighting several diseases for years   OSWEGO, Ill. (April 1, 2016) ­­– The American Red Cross is partnering with the Yorkville Oswego School District and friends and family of 20-year-old Tia Carr, in inviting the community to give blood in Tia...
March 25, 2016
The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood in memory of Sarah Foster   BARTONVILLE, Ill. (March 25, 2016) — The American Red Cross and Bartonville Christian Church are hosting a special blood drive in memory of Sarah Foster, a Red Cross volunteer blood drive coordinator who...
March 23, 2016
Type O negative is often needed in trauma situations   PEORIA, Ill.  (March 23, 2016) — The American Red Cross has a significant need for type O negative blood donors to donate blood for patients.  Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is...
March 18, 2016
Alison Wissen survived and gave premature birth to daughter STREATOR, Ill. (March 18, 2016) ­­– The American Red Cross is teaming up with Streator Woodland High School, and friends and family of Alison Wissen, in inviting the community to give blood in Alison Wissen’s honor on...