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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) 




June 29, 2015
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood and help prevent a summer shortage. The call for donations is supported by a recent survey of Red Cross blood donors showing that more than 40 percent plan to travel the week before or after Independence Day, an...
June 22, 2015
Tripp Stratton was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare cancer of the sympathetic nervous system in 2010. Now 7 years old, Tripp has undergone three major surgeries, 20 rounds of chemotherapy, more than 20 rounds of radiation and multiple clinical trials that have helped him survive three relapses.
June 19, 2015
 It’s time to party with purpose as the American Red Cross, Eagle communications, Rocking M Radio and Salina Media Group announce the 20th annual Pump Up the Volume Blood Drive to be held at Sunrise Presbyterian Church from June 29 – July 1.
May 22, 2015
 Annie Rinae Myers loved butterflies and would spend hours in the Botanica Gardens’ Buttlerfly House. Now, three years after her death at 5 years old from hemophagocytic lymphohistocytosis (HLH), Annie’s, family is returning to her beloved place to remember their daughter, raise...
May 18, 2015
The American Red Cross urges donors to choose their day to give hope to patients in need by donating blood or platelets during the “100 days of summer. 100 days of hope.” campaign, officially sponsored by Suburban Propane.
April 1, 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 spring blood drive scheduled for March 31 – April 3. Blood collected at this drive could help those like Haevyn Stoddard, 2-year-old daughter of Kansas State...
April 1, 2015
During National Volunteer month in April, the Ottawa community is invited to give blood in remembrance of longtime donor, Harry Wasko. Before his death in January 2015, Wasko had donated 106 pints of lifesaving blood. Giving blood was a tradition Wasko shared with his wife, Ruth Ann, who has given...
March 19, 2015
Mulvane residents are invited to donate blood at the upcoming community drive March 28 in honor of longtime multigallon blood donor, Terry Donovan. Until his lung cancer diagnosis in August 2014, Donovan was a dedicated blood donor. While he continues to undergo treatment, Donovan is encouraging...
March 19, 2015
Once again, Jordan LaFond’s family is choosing to honor his memory by announcing the fourth annual Jordan LaFond Memorial Blood Drive. The drive will be held at the American Red Cross Hays Blood Donation Center from March 24-April 4. Jordan lived just 34 days and received numerous...
March 10, 2015
Following round after round of snow, freezing rain and arctic cold in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for eligible blood and platelet donors to give now to help restock its shelves. March storms forced the cancellation of more than 200 blood drives, resulting in...