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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




March 6, 2017
Roy L. King VFW 1232 hosts blood drive to help save lives PEKIN, Ill. — The community is invited to give blood in memory of Lance Cpl. Jordan Bastean at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Saturday, March 25, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Roy L. King VFW 1232, 15665 VFW Road, in Pekin. ...
March 6, 2017
Largest NIU blood drive in history DEKALB, Ill. – The community is invited to join Northern Illinois University, the Student Association – Greek Week, and the Student Health Organization to ensure area patients receive the blood products they need at NIU’s Red Cross Blood Drive on...
March 1, 2017
All eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood and help save lives in March, Red Cross Month. Donating is easier than ever with the Blood Donor App and RapidPass.  
February 20, 2017
  PEORIA, Ill. — The community is invited to give blood in honor of Timothy Talley at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Colfax Ridgeview District 19 High School. Tim, a United States Marine and 2015 graduate of Ridgeview High...
February 15, 2017
During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.   Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world....
February 9, 2017
    PEORIA, Ill. — The community is invited to give blood in honor of Alex Sandoval at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, March 1, from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Hickory Grove Elementary School in Dunlap. 
February 1, 2017
The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments.   Michael Harper knows how critical it is to have a readily available blood supply. “I used over 300 units of blood when I was...
January 18, 2017
Following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves to overcome a shortage.   Since Dec. 1, about 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel due to...
January 4, 2017
The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.    Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer...
December 28, 2016
  The pursuit is on for Illinois State University and Bradley University as they compete in the American Red Cross blood donation challenge to help save lives. The rivalry between the schools has historically created a friendly competition, but the outcome is sure to deliver a winning result...