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Appalachian Blood Services Region

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:

Kristen Hatfield, External Communications Manager 
Appalachian & Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region
(757) 446-7562 (p) (757) 439-3064 (c)



January 11, 2016
The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a shortage this winter. Busy holiday schedules in November and December contributed to about 1,700 fewer blood drives held across the country compared to the two previous months, which has resulted in about 50,000...
December 22, 2015
  Red Cross seeks holiday blood and platelet donations Volunteers and eligible donors can give a gift that can help save lives NORFOLK, Va. (Dec. 22, 2015) — As millions of Americans make their final gift purchases this holiday season, the American Red Cross reminds eligible donors to...
November 23, 2015
    Red Cross encourages donors to give with meaning this holiday season Help save lives through blood and platelet donation, by hosting a blood drive  
November 18, 2015
    American Red Cross platelet donors receive a sweet surprise Help save lives and receive a pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving ROANOKE, Va. (Nov. 18, 2014) — The American Red Cross is sweetening the incentive to donate platelets this Thanksgiving. Everyone who attempts to donate...
November 10, 2015
News Release           WDBJ7 hosts annual Hokies versus Hoos challenge  Do you bleed maroon and orange or blue and orange?   ROANOKE, Va. (Nov. 10, 2015) — The American Red Cross is joining forces with WDBJ7 as they sponsor the annual Hokies versus Hoos...
October 28, 2015
    Red Cross introduces new RapidPass online donor health history Blood and platelet donors can save up to 15 minutes while helping save lives ROANOKE, Va. (Oct. 27, 2015) — American Red Cross blood and platelet donors can now help save lives in less time by using the new Red...
October 12, 2015
    Students can now sign up to host winter Red Cross blood drives and become eligible for scholarships Youth blood drive coordinators needed Dec. 15 through Jan. 15   ROANOKE, Va., (Oct. 12, 2015) — This winter high school and college students can help save lives and be...
September 3, 2015
Media contact: Kristen Hatfield, 757-430-3064, @RedCrossMAR             Red Cross blood drives planned in remembrance of Sept. 11 Red Cross partnership with 9/11 Day...
September 3, 2015
News Release     Red Cross urges eligible donors to close out summer with a blood or platelet donation Donors needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply through the Labor Day weekend    (Sept. 3, 2015) — The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to end summer on a...
August 24, 2015
News Release   American Red Cross, Sport Clips Haircuts offer free haircut coupon to blood, platelet donors "Saving Lives Never Looked So Good” campaign planned to encourage September donations    (Aug. 24, 2015) – The American Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts...