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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 1600s to the present


Media Contact

If you have questions or would like to schedule a media interview, please contact:

Laura McGuire, Communications Program Manager
Biomedical Field Marketing and Communications




July 6, 2017
Streator community encouraged to give blood  An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in memory of Inez Heusel Thursday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 204 S. Monroe St., Streator. Heusel was a Red Cross volunteer for more than 20 years and also donated blood. She...
July 5, 2017
The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.   Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer...
June 13, 2017
  An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in memory of AnaVictoria Segoviano on Monday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rush University Medical Center, 1650 West Harrison St., Chicago. Segoviano recently passed away after a courageous battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The 15-...
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-...
June 8, 2017
Help save lives June 27 at the RiverPlex   This summer, do something life changing for a patient in need. Roll up a sleeve, give blood and help ensure patients in the Peoria area and across the country receive blood products. Join the American Red Cross and students of East Peoria Community...
June 2, 2017
  An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in honor of Addison Waldsmith on Friday, June 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Prospect United Methodist Church, 300 E. Ash, Dunlap.   Addison was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 7 and received blood and platelets during treatment. She is now...
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 26, 2017
Board of directors hopes to collect 100 pints of blood June 16   The American Red Cross is celebrating 100 years of serving residents of South Central Illinois. In conjunction with a yearlong celebration, join the Red Cross and give blood at the an inaugural 100 Pints for 100 Years Blood Drive...
May 26, 2017
Donate and help reach 800 donations made to the Red Cross   Blood donors of all types are needed to help ensure blood products are available for patients now and into the summer. The community is invited to give at the Barlett BAPS Charities Blood Drive Sunday, June 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p...
May 23, 2017
Super Donor Day encourages all to be a superhero and give blood