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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:

Sue Thesenga, External Communications Manager 
North Central Blood Services Region
(651) 291-3290 (p) | (651) 895-7542 (c) 




February 24, 2015
ELLSWORTH, Wis. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Wednesday, March 18 in memory of Army Reserve Spc. Bert E. Hoyer at the Ellsworth High School. Hoyer lost his life on March 10, 2004 when an improvised explosive device hit his convoy while he was serving in Iraq.
February 4, 2015
NORTHFIELD, Minn. — The month of February focuses our attention on love. Cards are bought, candy is given, flowers are sent and kisses abound. This year, the American Red Cross encourages the Northfield community to give the ultimate gift of love – the gift of life to patients in need.
February 2, 2015
FAIRMONT, Minn. —The upcoming American Red Cross community blood drive in Fairmont will be held in memory of Mark Johnson, a longtime blood drive coordinator and volunteer. The Fairmont community is invited to give the gift of life in Johnson’s honor.
January 7, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn.  — January is National Blood Donor Month and this year, American Red Cross supporters have a new way to help save lives through blood and platelet donation with SleevesUp virtual blood drives.
December 18, 2014
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – Twenty-two-year-old regular blood donor Jennifer Dillon of Arden Hills, Minn. was drawn as the winner of a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane, in the nationwide October “Fuel Your Community” campaign and partnership between the energy provider...
December 10, 2014
WINDOM, Minn. — January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross invites the Windom community to join the millions of blood donors across the country in helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need on Jan. 7 at the Windom Community Center, 1750 Cottonwood Lake...
December 4, 2014
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. — The American Red Cross is proud to partner with Best Buy to help boost the blood supply prior to the holidays when many donors travel to be with family and are busy with holiday activities. On Dec. 23, Best Buy is “giving back” to blood donors who give so...
December 2, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. — On. Dec. 23, the American Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region will host the 12 Hours of Giving Holiday Blood Drive, the longest one-day blood drive in Minnesota. The blood drive gives area residents the opportunity to help boost the blood supply prior to the...