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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




December 5, 2016
  The winter months can be among the most challenging times of year for the American Red Cross to collect enough blood donations. Many donors are busy with holiday activities, and inclement weather can force the cancellation of blood drives. Additionally, some donors become temporarily...
November 29, 2016
To help ensure patients like Jace Skwara have the blood products they need, the American Red Cross is partnering with KHQA to host the 12th annual 12 Hours of Giving Winter Blood Drive on Dec. 16 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the American Red Cross Quincy Blood Donation Center. At just three months of...
November 22, 2016
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the perfect gift this holiday season – a lifesaving blood or platelet donation. By rolling up a sleeve, donors can help ensure patients continue to receive treatment throughout the holiday season.   Busy holiday schedules and travel...
October 25, 2016
The Holloway family is inviting the community to donate blood in honor of 4-year-old Kacer Holloway at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Monday, Nov. 7, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Chilicothe Christian Church, 510 Frances Street, Chilicothe. Kacer Holloway was only 2-years-old when diagnosed...
October 17, 2016
  The American Red Cross has an emergency need for eligible donors in the area to make an appointment now to give platelets to ensure critical patient needs are met. Platelets, the clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment, must be transfused within five...
October 14, 2016
    PEORIA, Ill. The Simmons family is inviting the community to donate blood in memory of 10-month-old Bowden “the Brave” Simmons at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Church of the Brethren, 4714 N. Sheridan Road,...
October 12, 2016
  MORTON, Ill. Bonnie Litwiller, longtime Community United Church of Christ member, passed away in 2012 from myelofibrosis, a rare bone marrow cancer. She received many transfusions of blood products during treatment. To remember Litwiller and help others in need of blood, the church will host...
October 3, 2016
  The community is invited to join Western Illinois University’s Panhellenic, Interfraternity Councils and United Greek Council in ensuring area patients receive the blood products they need by donating blood at WIU’s Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m...
September 1, 2016
Glenn Hansen lost battle to cancer in 2013  STREATOR, Ill. (Sept. 1, 2016) — The American Red Cross is joining family and friends to host a blood drive on Sept. 16 at Streator St. Paul Evangelical in Streator, from 1 to 6 p.m., in memory of Glenn Hansen. Hansen passed away in June of...