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:

Samantha Pollard, External Communications Manager
Midwest Blood Services Region

(402) 321-3576 (c)




April 25, 2017
The American Red Cross and Real Country 97.3 KBLR are partnering to help save lives during the third annual Country in Your Blood drive. This year eligible blood donors will have two opportunities to give – Saturday, May 6, at Blair City Hall and Monday, May 15, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic...
April 21, 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 18, 2017
A partnership that inspires hundreds of people to give blood in support of patients in need is now in its 14th year. The annual NTV Blood Drive with the American Red Cross returns to Grand Island, Kearney and Hastings Monday, May 1.   Every May since 2004, donors have rolled up a sleeve in...
April 14, 2017
Julie DuVal has dedicated much of her life giving back to the Harlan community. The Harlan High School math teacher is a member of the First Baptist Church and has coached high school volleyball for 19 years.   DuVal was recently diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma and will likely need blood...
April 14, 2017
The Seretta family is partnering with the American Red Cross for the third annual blood drive in honor of their son Henry. In November 2014, at 6 months old, happy-go-lucky Henry was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and immediately hospitalized. Over the next 10 days, Henry received several...
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...
March 27, 2017
Fred Wilson has endured more than his share of hardship. On Dec. 5, 2007, he was working as a manager at Von Maur at Westroads Mall when a shooter opened fire in the store, killing eight and wounding many, including Wilson. He underwent multiple surgeries and more blood transfusions than he can...
March 22, 2017
The American Red Cross is issuing a call for type O negative and AB blood donors to make an appointment to give after severe winter weather in some parts of the country caused about 250 Red Cross blood drives to cancel in March, resulting in more than 8,500 uncollected blood donations.   Type...
March 1, 2017
All eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood and help save lives in March, Red Cross Month. Donating is easier than ever with the Blood Donor App and RapidPass.  
February 27, 2017
Gretna Middle School student Remington Halker was a kind, happy, driven child. He was involved in band, show choir and the High Ability Learner program. He also loved gymnastics and competing at meets. In November 2016, Remington was diagnosed with an adrenal gland tumor.