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) 




June 15, 2017
Leah Reay touched many lives with her generosity and enthusiasm before her death in a traffic collision Jan. 22, 2017. Join the Salina community in remembering Reay by donating blood at one of two upcoming drives to be held in her m emory.
June 15, 2017
        The American Red Cross and Rocking M Radio invite you to pump up your summer at the 22nd annual Pump Up the Volume Blood Drive to be held June 26-28 at Sunrise Presbyterian Church. The annual summer event helps the Red Cross collect blood to avoid a summer blood...
June 12, 2017
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take to help save lives.    Schedule – Use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-...
May 30, 2017
The American Red Cross urges those who have never given blood before –  as well as those who haven’t given recently – to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now and help sustain a sufficient community blood supply this summer.  
May 4, 2017
PITTSBURG, Kan. — Three-year-old Jaden Perona loves the color red, building with his Mega Bloks and riding his battery-powered four-wheeler. In order to enjoy his favorite things, Jaden needs twice-weekly injections to help control severe hemophilia, a condition that severely reduces his...
May 4, 2017
While protecting and serving the community, members of the Topeka Police and Fire Departments see the need for blood firsthand. To help raise awareness of the ongoing need for blood, Topeka’s first responders will be partnering with the American Red Cross for the inaugural Topeka Red Cross...
April 19, 2017
During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients with traumatic injuries and other serious medical needs by donating blood or platelets. According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for...
April 19, 2017
The family of Blake Forsyth invites the Yates Center community to join them again this year to honor the memory of their son by giving blood at an American Red Cross blood drive planned for April 24 from 11:45 a.m to 6 p.m. at Yates Center High School,185 W. Bell.
April 4, 2017
April is National Volunteer Month and the American Red Cross encourages University of Kansas students, faculty and staff to give blood during the annual spring blood drive April xx-xx. Donating blood is a simple way to make a profound difference in the lives of patients. Volunteer donors are the...
April 3, 2017
Eligible blood donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood through the American Red Cross this spring to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients.   Donated blood is perishable and must constantly be replenished to keep up with hospital patient need. Red blood cells are...