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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 1600's to the present


Media Contact

If you have questions or would like to schedule a media interview, please contact:

Dan Fox, External Communications Manager 
Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region
(314) 658-2036 (p) (314) 422-8613 (c) 




April 9, 2015
  BOWLING GREEN, Mo. — Leala McClurg says she probably would not be alive today if not for the quick action of medical professionals and the lifesaving blood donations from strangers she’ll likely never meet. After four surgeries and nearly a month in the hospital in the fall of...
March 31, 2015
  COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri and the American Red Cross will team up April 14-16 for their 26th annual Spring Blood Drive, helping to save lives through blood donations.  
March 9, 2015
  ST. LOUIS — Following round after round of snow, freezing rain and arctic cold in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for eligible blood and platelet donors to give now to help restock its shelves.  
March 9, 2015
  ATCHISON, Kan. — For nearly a decade, Darlene Sowers has encouraged people to donate blood by helping to organize American Red Cross blood drives at Trinity Lutheran Church. Now having been on the receiving end of a blood transfusion as part of her fight with pancreatic cancer, Sowers...
March 1, 2015
  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The American Red Cross is joining St. Martins Catholic Church and family and friends of Chad Nierman by hosting a blood drive in honor of the local heart transplant recipient on March 15. Nierman received his new heart in September 2014, three years after being...
February 27, 2015
  WARRENTON, Mo.— The American Red Cross is joining the City of Warrenton in remembering the town’s former mayor by hosting a blood drive in his memory on March 12. Jerry Dyer resigned as Warrenton’s mayor in October 2014, citing his battle with cancer. Dyer died in January...
February 18, 2015
  ST. LOUIS — In honor of Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages people to uncover their inner hero and donate blood or platelets, volunteer their time or sign up to organize a blood drive.   Since 1943, every president has designated March as Red Cross Month to...