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)





October 19, 2017
With the busy holiday season approaching, the American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this winter.   Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many regular donors delay giving due to holiday activities and travel. This often...
October 9, 2017
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others.  
September 24, 2017
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.   Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an...
September 22, 2017
32nd annual Homecoming Blood Drive scheduled Oct. 9-12 COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri and the American Red Cross will once again team up for the 32nd consecutive year during Homecoming week to help save lives through blood donations. The ‘Rhythm of the Roar’ Homecoming...
September 21, 2017
Presenting donors will receive a special edition Salukis t-shirt CARBONDALE, IL. — The American Red Cross and SIU-Carbondale will host the eighth annual Homecoming Blood Drive Thursday, Oct. 5 from noon to 6 p.m. The Red Cross and blood drive organizers hope to collect 225 pints of blood.
September 21, 2017
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — The American Red Cross along with the family and friends of Stefani Lorton invite the Kirksville community to the 13th annual blood drive in her memory Friday, Oct. 6. Once again the drive will be held at Highland Crest Assisted Living at 2204 S. Halliburton from 1 to 6 p.m...
September 20, 2017
WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. — The American Red Cross is once again partnering with the family of Leslie and Alan Nehring to host a blood drive in memory of their son Caleb, Sunday, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Shrewsbury City Center.
September 13, 2017
As the American Red Cross responds to wildfires and historic hurricanes, eligible donors are reminded that giving blood or platelets during National Preparedness Month in September is one way to help ensure the Red Cross is prepared to respond to patient emergencies across the country every day....
August 20, 2017
Feel good, do good and look good this September by donating blood or platelets with the American Red Cross and get a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips Haircuts. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood...
August 7, 2017
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.   In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital...