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)





August 1, 2017
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. —The American Red Cross is partnering with ‘Team Nate’ to host a blood drive on Tuesday, Aug. 15 in honor of a local boy who is battling leukemia at Preferred Family Health, 900 E. La Harpe St., Kirksville. The drive hours are from 1-5 p.m.
July 26, 2017
Join the Red Cross for livesaving mission during critical shortage ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Join the American Red Cross for the third annual Lifesaver Blood Drives on Aug. 4, 5, and 7 around the St. Louis area and parts of Southwestern Illinois. The goal of the drives is to create awareness of summer...
July 25, 2017
Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.  
July 20, 2017
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The American Red Cross and KFVS12 are encouraging area blood donors to join them on the dark side to help with emergency blood shortages at the annual KFVS Summer Blood Drive Aug. 11 and 12 in Missouri and Illinois. This year’s theme aligns with the pending total...
July 20, 2017
Marceline community encouraged to give blood during critical time MARCELINE, Mo. —The community is once again invited to give blood in memory of Zach Cupp at a special American Red Cross blood drive with family and friends and Marceline Fire and Rescue on Saturday, Aug., 5, from 8 a.m. to 3...
July 14, 2017
July 27 event comes as Red Cross faces critical blood shortage KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Kirksville Daily Express, Radio Park, KTVO, KLTE Bott Radio, Cable One, Rehoboth Baptist Church and the St. Louis Cardinals are once again teaming up to help save lives at an important time of year. Blood and...
July 13, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This Shark Week, individuals can help save lives and get closer to sharks and other marine life with the American Red Cross at the Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium Shark Week Blood Drive July 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 2475 Grand Blvd., in the Crown Center. Those who come...
July 11, 2017
Donate in honor of local teenage cancer survivor and receive a Cardinals T-shirt JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — For the sixth consecutive year, Zimmer Radio & Marketing Group stations 94.3 Kat Country, 101.9 The Wave and News Radio 950 KWOS are teaming up with the St. Louis Cardinals and the...
July 5, 2017
The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.   Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer...
June 26, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Friends of Marta Smith will a host a blood drive in her memory on Sunday, July 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Highlands Community of Christ Church. Marta had numerous blood transfusions before she passed away from Osteosarcoma on Feb. 11, 2007.