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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) 




June 5, 2015
  CARTERVILLE, Ill.  — Step up to the plate and donate blood with WSIL-TV and the American Red Cross at the WSIL-TV Summer Blood Drive June 19-20 at four locations in southern Illinois.   Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a specially designed St. Louis Cardinals T-...
May 19, 2015
  ST. LOUIS  — The American Red Cross urges donors to choose their day to give hope to patients in need by donating blood or platelets during the “100 days of summer. 100 days of hope.” campaign, officially sponsored by Suburban Propane.  
May 19, 2015
  EFFINGHAM, Ill. — The American Red Cross and the Effingham Elks Club invite businesses in Effingham to encourage their employees to donate blood June 2, 4 & 5 at the 18th annual Effingham Corporate Challenge Blood Drive. Everyone who presents to give blood will receive a free St....
May 18, 2015
  ST. LOUIS  — The St. Louis Cardinals, Fox Sports Midwest and the American Red Cross encourage fans to step up to the plate and donate blood to help patients in need this June. The Cardinals and the Red Cross will team up to help save lives on June 1-2 at various locations around...
May 15, 2015
  POTOSI, Mo. — At 13-years-old, Kyle Hughes is living with a disease not typically seen in kids his age. In fact, it’s not typically “seen” at all. What his mother calls an “invisible disease” is also known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and for Kyle, it...
May 7, 2015
  KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — David Hall died in April 2013 following a four year fight with cancer. Now, the former City of Kirksville airport director and owner of D&R Automotive is being remembered by family, friends and the American Red Cross with a blood drive in his honor.   The...
May 4, 2015
  HERMANN, Mo. — What do local blood donors and members of the Hermann Area Ambulance District have in common? They both help save lives every day. To kick off EMS Week on May 18, these lifesavers will have a chance to meet during an American Red Cross blood drive in Hermann.  ...
April 27, 2015
  ST. LOUIS  — This summer, high school and college students can win a scholarship by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive through the Leaders Save Lives program. Registration is now open to host a participating blood drive between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2015.    
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.