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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:

Samantha Pollard, External Communications Manager
Midwest Blood Services Region

(402) 321-3576 (c)




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...
January 18, 2017
Following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves to overcome a shortage.   Since Dec. 1, about 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel due to...
January 4, 2017
The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.    Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer...
December 19, 2016
As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.  
December 16, 2016
The American Red Cross, KETV NewsWatch 7, and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center encourage Omaha metro residents to give the perfect gift this holiday season by donating blood. The annual Holiday Blood Drive returns to Omaha and Council Bluffs Monday, Dec. 19.    Blood...
December 5, 2016
It can’t be wrapped or placed under a tree, but the perfect gift can help save patient lives this holiday season. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the lifesaving gift of a blood donation in December, a time when donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady....