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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




September 26, 2017
  Join the American Red Cross in helping to save lives at the  Northern Illinois University Homecoming Blood Drive Thursday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chick Evans Field House.   Thanks to the Pre-Professional Association, NIU Greek Life, Campus Activities Board, Student Health...
September 24, 2017
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.   Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an...
September 13, 2017
As the American Red Cross responds to wildfires and historic hurricanes, eligible donors are reminded that giving blood or platelets during National Preparedness Month in September is one way to help ensure the Red Cross is prepared to respond to patient emergencies across the country every day....
September 11, 2017
Community invited to help save lives Sept. 30 An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in memory of Brandon David Angle Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Germantown Hills Great Oaks Community Church, 515 State Route 116, Germantown Hills.    Brandon passed away in July...
August 25, 2017
Community asked to help meet the urgent need for blood An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in memory of Glenn Hansen Friday, Sept. 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 509 E. Broadway St., Streator.    Hansen passed away in December 2013 from leukemia....
August 20, 2017
Feel good, do good and look good this September by donating blood or platelets with the American Red Cross and get a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips Haircuts. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood...
August 15, 2017
Local fire and law enforcement personnel raise awareness for blood donations Each day, they help save lives while on the job, and now they’re teaming up with the American Red Cross. Join Bloomington and Normal police, fire, and McLean County Sheriff’s Departments as they come together...
August 7, 2017
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.   In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital...
July 27, 2017
 Mayor and president of chamber support Red Cross mission to help save lives  The America Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood for hospital patients in need.
July 25, 2017
Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.