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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) 




July 11, 2016
ST. PETER, Minn.  — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Wednesday, July 13, in memory of Jackie Johnson, a lifelong resident of St. Peter and employee at Scholarship America. She died in June 2013.  
July 4, 2016
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply.
June 28, 2016
Spicer community encouraged to give blood SPICER, Minn.  — The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive in memory of Madeline Sanchez (Maddie), a 12-year-old girl who died June 8 of complications from severe congenital neutropenia. Family, friends and the entire community are invited...
June 9, 2016
Blood donors needed to help avoid a summer deficit ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. – Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Some wear uniforms, while others do not. As Independence Day nears, to help recognize the heroes who serve our communities, the American Red Cross Minnesota Board of Directors...
June 6, 2016
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The American Red Cross is partnering with Nexcare Bandages and supermodel Niki Taylor to urge eligible blood and platelet donors to give this June in honor of World Blood Donor Day on June 14.
June 1, 2016
Le Sueur community encouraged to give blood LE SUEUR, Minn. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Monday, July 11, in memory of Mitch Thune. Thune, 24, passed away in 2015, after being diagnosed with acute myloid leukemia.
May 31, 2016
Devoted Red Cross blood drive coordinator and volunteer remembered for years of service GAYLORD, Minn. — The upcoming American Red Cross Gaylord community blood drive will be held in memory of Cindy Barnes, longtime blood drive coordinator and volunteer. The Gaylord community is invited to...
May 23, 2016
Donors can choose their day to help save lives during summer awareness campaign ST. PAUL, Minn. — The American Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to choose their day to give and help ensure blood is available for patients all summer long during its annual summer awareness campaign,...
May 13, 2016
Special blood drive held to emphasize need for blood in trauma situations ST. PAUL, Minn. — May is Trauma Awareness Month, and the Minnesota Metropolitan Regional Trauma Advisory Committee is hosting a blood drive at Regions Hospital to bring awareness for the need for blood, specifically...
May 5, 2016
Family, friends organize blood drives to honor critically injured cyclist   EAGAN/BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Three American Red Cross blood drives on May 17, June 1 and 29 are opportunities for the community to show support for local resident Bryan Joas and help save the lives of others in...