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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 1600's to the present


Media Contact

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

Ben Corey, External Communications Manager 
Heart of America Blood Services Region
(309) 636-4284 (p) (309) 634-1385 (c) 




September 3, 2015
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to end summer on a positive and potentially lifesaving note with a blood or platelet donation this Labor Day holiday. In early August, the Red Cross issued an urgent call for blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood to donate...
September 1, 2015
The American Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts are teaming up to offer a free haircut coupon to those who come out to donate blood or platelets during September. “We are pleased to partner with Sport Clips Haircuts in September nationwide, and through their generosity, offer a coupon for a...
August 17, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Starting Aug. 24, the Bloomington-Normal community will once again have the opportunity to partner with the American Red Cross and local first responders by donating blood during the 17th annual Badges for Life Blood Donation Campaign.
August 12, 2015
The American Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of the blood types most needed by patients and is calling on eligible donors with O negative, B negative and A negative blood to give now to prevent an emergency situation. Blood donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using...
July 20, 2015
BROOKFIELD, Ill. – On Aug. 5, the American Red Cross is partnering with Brookfield Zoo and ABC 7 Eyewitness News to host the Brookfield Zoo Summer of Connections Blood Drive to help ensure hospital patients have the blood products they need this summer.
July 20, 2015
QUINCY, Ill. – On July 31, the American Red Cross is partnering with 97.9 KICK-FM to host the KICK-FM Summer Blood Drive to help ensure hospital patients have the blood products they need this summer. Summer is a crucial time of year since blood donations tend to decline as schools are out of...
July 14, 2015
American Red Cross blood and platelet donors can now help save lives in less time by using the new Red Cross RapidPass online health history system. RapidPass streamlines the donation experience by allowing donors to complete pre-donation reading and health history questions online from the...
June 29, 2015
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets and help prevent a summer shortage. The call for donations is supported by a recent survey of Red Cross blood and platelet donors showing that more than 40 percent plan to travel the week before or...
June 22, 2015
PONTIAC, Ill. – Bill Swanson’s daughter has stated that her father is Superman. Considering what Bill went through a couple years ago, she may be right. After being taken to the emergency room with a breathing problem in January 2013, Bill was eventually diagnosed with acute myeloid...
June 17, 2015
PEORIA, Ill. – Students across the country play a vital role in helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need. About 20 percent of all blood donations come from high school and college students. But when school is out for the summer, young donors often do not give blood.