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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:

Katie Marshall, External Communications Manager 
Midwest Blood Services Region
(402) 810-6276 (p) (402) 321-3576 (c)




February 19, 2015
OMAHA, Neb. — The American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes during Red Cross Month.   “Everyday heroes help those in need in Nebraska and southwest Iowa,” said Jill Orton, Region Executive. “They are our volunteers, our blood donors, people...
February 18, 2015
CLEARWATER, Neb. – The American Red Cross and the family of Gary Snodgrass invite Clearwater area donors to roll up a sleeve and give blood on Thursday, Feb. 19.   A community-minded family man, Snodgrass was known for his strong work ethic and his giving spirit. He was diagnosed with...
February 5, 2015
OMAHA, Neb. – The American Red Cross, Soles4Souls, and family and friends of Meighan Johansen are asking generous donors to give blood and shoes at the second annual HOPE blood drive held in Johansen’s memory on Saturday, Feb. 21.  
February 3, 2015
LINCOLN, Neb. – The American Red Cross and the family of Mike Stewart invite eligible donors to roll up a sleeve Saturday, Feb. 14 for the Savior Neighbor blood drive in Stewart’s memory.  
February 3, 2015
OMAHA, Neb. – The American Red Cross invites eligible donors to roll up a sleeve Friday, Feb. 27 in memory of longtime blood drive volunteer Wanda Soucek.  
February 3, 2015
WAHOO, Neb. – The American Red Cross invites eligible donors to roll up a sleeve and give blood Feb. 11 or 12  in memory of longtime donor Randy Woita.  
January 29, 2015
OMAHA, Neb.  – Tori Kowal first donated blood at her school on what happened to be her 16th birthday – January 18, 2013. She had seen her grandparents battle cancer and had witnessed a car accident in which the victims needed blood. Rolling up a sleeve seemed like a natural way to...
January 20, 2015
OMAHA, Neb. – The need for blood is constant, and it’s a reality young Emily Stephenson knows very well. That’s why the family of this Bellevue 2-year-old is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in her honor on Tuesday, Jan. 27 along with a virtual blood...
January 14, 2015
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Saturday, Jan. 17 in memory of Sheilia Cramer, a local blood recipient who battled cancer for several years.
January 7, 2015
OMAHA, Neb.  — January is National Blood Donor Month and this year, American Red Cross supporters have a new way to help save lives through blood and platelet donation with SleevesUp virtual blood drives.