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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:

Todd Kulman, External Communications Manager 
Great Lakes Blood Services Region
(517) 318-7447 (p) | (517) 896-4929 (c)




October 18, 2016
  LANSING, Mich.— The American Red Cross has an emergency need for eligible donors in the Mid-Michigan area to make an appointment now to give platelets to ensure critical patient needs are met. Platelets, the clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment...
October 10, 2016
  EAST LANSING, Mich.— The American Red Cross, Michigan State University and Penn State University are once again teaming up for the 23rd annual MSU-PSU Blood Challenge.  All eligible MSU students, staff, alumni and fans are encouraged to roll up their sleeves to help save lives...
September 1, 2016
  ADRIAN, Mich.— Each year many Americans observe the anniversary of 9/11 by donating blood with the American Red Cross. Eligible donors are encouraged to roll up a sleeve and honor all those who serve and sacrifice for our country at the 4th Annual “Drive of Remembrance” on...
August 29, 2016
It’s a battle to help save lives. The annual ‘Battle of the Banks’ blood challenge is a friendly competition to see which Bay City bank can collect the most pints of blood.  This year, six (6) area banks are taking part to help ensure blood is available to patients who need...
July 26, 2016
  LANSING, Mich. - While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains. The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give now to help ensure blood is...
July 5, 2016
LANSING, Mich. — 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 7, 2016
  LANSING, Mich. — 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.  
May 25, 2016
  OWOSSO, Mich.—The American Red Cross and Young Chevrolet-Cadillac in Owosso are once again partnering to host the largest blood drive in Shiawassee County history. Eligible donors are encouraged to roll-up a sleeve and help save lives during the Tony Young Day of Giving.   The...
May 25, 2016
  FENNVILE, Mich. — The American Red Cross is proud to once again partner with the Heart Team and the community of Fennville to honor Fennville High School senior Wes Leonard. Leonard passed away unexpectedly in 2011 on the basketball court after making the game-winning shot to send the...