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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




May 16, 2017
  An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in memory of Yvonne Clark on Monday, June 12 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Morton United Methodist Church, 420 N. Tennessee Ave., Morton.   Clark served as a volunteer blood drive coordinator with the Red Cross for many years and knew the importance...
May 12, 2017
  The community is invited to help hospital patients by donating at the 7th annual Tyler Bradstreet Memorial Blood Drive with the American Red Cross. The drive will be held Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 5504 N. University, Peoria. After birth, Tyler...
May 1, 2017
Kick off summer by doing something life changing for a patient in need Kick off summer and do something life changing for a patient in need. Join the American Red Cross and KHQA-TV as they host the 13th annual 12 Hours of Giving Summer Blood Drive on Friday, May 26 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the...
May 1, 2017
  Red Cross urges blood and platelet donation during Trauma Awareness Month During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure lifesaving blood isavailable for patients with traumatic injuries and other serious medical needs by donating blood or...
April 18, 2017
Peoria community encouraged to give blood   PEORIA, Ill. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in honor of Samantha “Sam” Jones Friday, May 12 from noon to 6 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 6001 North University St., Peoria. Jones was diagnosed with a rare...
April 18, 2017
  EL PASO, Ill. — The American Red Cross is joining family and friends to host a blood drive in memory of Rick DeLay Wednesday, May 10 from 12:30–5:30 p.m. at El Paso Topsy’s Bar and Grill. Rick was a well-known member of the El Paso community. He worked as a safety...
April 17, 2017
Sterling community encouraged to give blood STERLING, Ill. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in memory of Jen Banks on Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Washington Elementary School, 815 W. LeFevre in Sterling.   Banks passed away in 2015 after an automobile...
April 3, 2017
Eligible blood donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood through the American Red Cross this spring to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients.   Donated blood is perishable and must constantly be replenished to keep up with hospital patient need. Red blood cells are...
March 30, 2017
Peru community encouraged to give blood   PERU, Ill.  — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in memory of Jean Greening Tuesday, May 2 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the Illinois Valley Chapter Blood Donation Center, 1530 4th St., Peru.
March 30, 2017
Dunlap Valley Middle School community helps save lives on April 27   PEORIA, Ill.  — The community is invited to give blood in memory of Brooke Joseph at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, April 27, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Dunlap Valley Middle School.