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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:

Joe Zydlo, External Communications Manager
Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region
(314) 658-2036 (o)│(314) 422-8613 (c)





April 20, 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 is available for patients with traumatic injuries and other serious medical needs by donating blood or...
April 10, 2017
Annual spring drive scheduled April 24-26 at MizzouRec COLUMBIA, Mo. (April 10, 2017) — The University of Missouri and the American Red Cross will soon team up for the annual spring “Give Back For The Future” Blood Drive, helping to save lives through blood donations.
April 5, 2017
KIRKWOOD, Mo. (April 4) - The American Red Cross and North Kirkwood Middle School are teaming up for their 8th annual blood drive. Each year students volunteer with faculty to help at the blood drive as a way of giving back to the community.
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 23, 2017
Kirksville community encouraged to give blood March 30 KIRKSVILLE, Mo. —  The community is invited to give blood in memory of Stryker Anderson at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, March 30 from noon to 6 p.m. at Rehoboth Baptist Church in Kirksville. For the second...
March 22, 2017
Blood donations essential to patient care The American Red Cross is issuing a call for platelet and type O negative and AB blood donors to make an appointment to give after severe winter weather in some parts of the country caused about 250 Red Cross blood drives to cancel in March, resulting in...
March 10, 2017
The Bedroom Store hosts blood drive to help save lives ST. LOUIS, Mo. (March 9, 2017) — The community is invited to give blood in memory of Faith Marie Hartzell at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, March 30, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Bedroom Store, 884 Arnold Commons Dr. in...
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 23, 2017
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The American Red Cross is kicking off its Centennial Celebration by hosting a blood drive on Thursday, March 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The blood drive will be held at the Red Cross office (401 N. 12th street).
February 22, 2017
EFFINGHAM, IL. — The American Red Cross will once again partner with the Ashmore Community Center to host the second annual blood drive in memory of Kyle Updegraff on Wednesday, March 8 from 1 to 6 p.m.