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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:

Laura McGuire, Communications Program Manager
Biomedical Field Marketing and Communications




November 22, 2017
Largest single day blood drive in the state expects to reach 6,000 donation milestone The America Red Cross is partnering with WMBD CBS31, WYZZ Fox 43, and AMP Radio Group to host the 14th annual 12 Hours of Giving Blood Drive Thursday, Dec. 21, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Par-A-Dice Hotel, 21...
November 20, 2017
The holidays are known for the giving spirit and a hectic pace. This holiday season, the American Red Cross is sharing three ways to give the gift of life in less time.   At this time of year many regular blood and platelet donors delay giving due to busy schedules – but the need for...
November 17, 2017
City hall hosts Red Cross blood drive this holiday season The American Red Cross, Edward M. Burke, chairman of the Chicago city council and the Chicago Department of Public Health urge eligible donors to give more life by donating blood this holiday season. Schedule an appointment to donate during...
November 17, 2017
  Family, friends and colleagues of John Ahearne are invited to roll up a sleeve and donate blood in his memory Thursday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University Club of Chicago. John passed away unexpectedly Aug. 5, 2013 at the age of 52. He was a consistent blood donor who always...
November 16, 2017
  As many people are shopping for that last-minute gift, look no further than rolling up a sleeve and giving the gift of life. To help ensure patients have the blood products they need, the American Red Cross is hosting the Route 66 Joliet Holiday Blood Drive Dec. 22, from 1 to 6 p.m. at...
November 13, 2017
Red Cross’ 100th year celebration continues with holiday blood drive Dec. 6 The American Red Cross invites community members to help save lives by giving blood at the  Quad Cities Holiday Blood Drive Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Red Cross Building, 1100 River Dr., in Moline...
November 6, 2017
  As many people are planning their Cyber Monday gift list, look no further than rolling up a sleeve and give the gift of life. To help ensure patients have the blood products they need, the American Red Cross is hosting the Rockford Holiday Blood Drive Nov. 27, from noon to 6 p.m. at the...
November 1, 2017
The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.  
October 19, 2017
With the busy holiday season approaching, the American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this winter.   Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many regular donors delay giving due to holiday activities and travel. This often...
October 19, 2017
Five-year-old in remission following kidney cancer The Holloway family is inviting the community to donate blood in honor of 5-year-old Kacer Holloway at a special American Red Cross blood drive  Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Chillicothe Christian Church, 510 Frances St., in...