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Central Plains 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:

Jan Hale, External Communications Manager 
Central Plains & Southwest Blood Services Region
(918) 344-0720 (p) (918) 344-0720 (c) 




November 30, 2015
Local law enforcement, firefighters and EMS will once again “battle” to see who can bring in the most blood and platelet donors at the 21st annual American Red Cross Battle of the Badges blood drive. Battle of the Badges is a friendly competition to encourage community members to join...
November 19, 2015
This holiday season, the American Red Cross urges individuals to give something that means something – a blood or platelet donation. This simple, potentially lifesaving act can give patients in need another holiday season with loved ones.
October 27, 2015
American Red Cross blood and platelet donors can now help save lives in less time by using the new Red Cross RapidPass online health history system. RapidPass streamlines the donation experience by allowing donors to complete pre-donation reading and health history questions online from the...
October 23, 2015
In 2005, before leaving for a trip to visit family in Las Vegas, Crystal Gray decided to have a nagging cough checked out by her doctor. That decision helped save her life. Blood tests showed Gray was bleeding internally. A sonogram revealed a bleeding tumor that needed to be removed as quickly as...
October 12, 2015
This winter high school and college students can help save lives and be eligible to win a scholarship of up to $2,500 by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive. Registration is now open through Nov. 15 to host drives between Dec. 15, 2015, and Jan. 15, 2016.  
September 22, 2015
The American Red Cross is calling all Kansas State University Wildcats to roll up their sleeves and help save a life during the annual fall blood drive scheduled Sept. 28 - Oct. 1. Organizers hope to collect 700 pints of blood during the four-day drive. Giving blood is a simple way to put Kansas...
September 18, 2015
Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month.  On Sept.
September 2, 2015
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to end summer on a positive and potentially lifesaving note with a blood or platelet donation this Labor Day holiday. In early August, the Red Cross issued an urgent call for blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood to donate...
August 31, 2015
The American Red Cross is partnering with 9/11 Day to offer individuals a chance to help others and commemorate the events of Sept. 11 by giving blood or volunteering their time with the Red Cross. 9/11 Day was launched in 2002 as an annual day of service to honor the victims and heroes of Sept. 11...
August 28, 2015
The American Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts are teaming up to offer a free haircut coupon to those who come out to donate blood or platelets during September. “We are pleased to partner with Sport Clips Haircuts in September nationwide, and through their generosity, offer a coupon for a...