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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:

Laurie Nehring, Communications Program Director
Biomedical Field Marketing and Communications




May 23, 2016
Donors can choose their day to help save lives during summer awareness campaign   Peoria, Ill. (5/23/16) — The American Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to choose their day to give and help ensure blood is available for patients all summer long during its annual summer...
May 12, 2016
  Fairbury, Ill. (May 12, 2016) — An American Red Cross blood drive hosted by Fairbury UMC on Wednesday, May 25, will honor 3rd grader Tiauna Schahrer who has a form of leukemia.  Tiauna is a 9-year-old girl who attends 3rd grade in Pontiac, Ill., and has family in Fairbury, Ill....
May 12, 2016
Choose to do something life-changing for a patient in need   QUINCY, Ill. (May 12, 2016) —To help ensure patients in the Quincy area and across the country have the blood products they need this summer, the American Red Cross is again teaming up with WGEM to host the 11th annual 12 Hours...
May 11, 2016
  PEORIA, Ill. (May 11, 2016) — An American Red Cross blood drive hosted by the St. Vincent de Paul Parish on Wednesday, May 25 will honor 8th grader and cancer survivor Sam Jones while helping others in need. The event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. 
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...