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 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.  
February 15, 2017
During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.   Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world....
February 13, 2017
Zoey Van Eaton should be graduating this spring from Nodaway Valley High School, but in July 2016, she was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. Though her life was short, Van Eaton made an impact by giving back; she donated blood every chance she had. Now her friends are giving the Nodaway...
February 13, 2017
Ryan Groene was a beloved principal at Gothenburg Junior High. His friends, family and students supported him while he battled cancer twice. Sadly Groene died in 2016. The Gothenburg community is invited to honor Groene by donating blood at a drive held in his memory. Blood donations are urgently...
February 13, 2017
HASTINGS, Neb. (Feb. 13, 2017) – NBC Nebraska is helping the American Red Cross celebrate a century of service by hosting their second blood drive Friday, March 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney. The first Nebraska Red Cross chapter was established in Omaha...
February 1, 2017
The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments.   Michael Harper knows how critical it is to have a readily available blood supply. “I used over 300 units of blood when I was...