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Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region

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:

Bernadette Jay, External Communications Manager 
Appalachian & Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Regions
(804) 780-2258 (p)



October 13, 2016
The American Red Cross has an emergency need for eligible donors in the Roanoke 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...
September 27, 2016
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (September 23, 2016) — In memory of Ceili Leahy a blood drive will be held at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church on October 8, 2016.  In 2013, before her senior year of high school, she was diagnosed with metastatic Ewing’s sarcoma. Over the next 10...
September 19, 2016
(September 19, 2016) — The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood and platelets this fall to help restock the shelves following a significant summer shortage to ensure an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Through the first two weeks of September, the Red Cross is...
September 8, 2016
During National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply for patients in need. Blood donors may be helping patients like 11-year-old Martin Mwita who has sickle cell disease. His body doesn’t...
August 18, 2016
RICHMOND, Va. (August 18, 2016) — The RVA community is invited to join the family and friends of Callen Tyson to help save lives by donating blood through the American Red Cross on Tuesday, August 23 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital (drive located in the...
August 10, 2016
(August 9, 2016) —The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a critical summer blood shortage. The summer months are among the most challenging times of years to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs. Many...
August 8, 2016
NORFOLK, Va., (August 8, 2014) – The American Red Cross and WTKR News 3 are teaming up this Labor Day weekend to help boost the blood supply. Eligible donors are invited to donate blood at the News 3 Labor of Love Blood Drives. The need for blood donations is constant, even as thousands of...
July 24, 2016
(July 25,2016) While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains. The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give now to help ensure blood is available...
July 5, 2016
The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply.
June 6, 2016
  Red Cross, Nexcare Bandages and supermodel Niki Taylor urge blood donation in honor of World Blood Donor Day