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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)




August 22, 2016
The American Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts are teaming up to offer a free haircut coupon to those who come out to donate blood or platelets during September.    
August 9, 2016
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a critical summer blood shortage.   The summer months are among the most challenging times of year to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs. Many regular donors delay...
August 8, 2016
Ben White understood the importance of blood donation, helping to set up and tear down the American Red Cross equipment during blood drives while he attended McCool Junction High School. He was always willing to help people and, before his death in September 2014, expressed a desire to help save...
August 2, 2016
Deb Yates knows firsthand how important blood donation are for patients. She was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in December 2015 and needed surgery and a blood transfusion.    When Yates started donating blood at 17 years old, it was because she enjoyed the idea of helping others....
August 2, 2016
Miss Sugar Valley’s Outstanding Teen, Courtney Pelland, knows firsthand the importance of blood donation. She needed two units of blood in 2015 after she was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia due to celiac disease.    Now Courtney is sharing her story to ensure others know how...
July 28, 2016
Get ready to rock someone’s world this summer by donating blood with the American Red Cross and Classic Hits 98.9 KKPR. The annual Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive returns to Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Holdrege on Aug. 3.   
July 28, 2016
Sammy’s Superheroes is partnering with the American Red Cross to call on its supporters to donate blood on Aug. 6.   
July 26, 2016
While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains. The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give now to help ensure blood is available throughout the...
July 20, 2016
Femi Tevoedjre has overcome tremendous trials in her short life. At just 9 years old, Femi was diagnosed with congenital heart disease and was placed on the waiting list for a transplant. Her medical care included several blood transfusions. She received the gift of a new heart in July 2014....
July 12, 2016
Get ready to rock someone’s world this summer by donating blood with the American Red Cross, KHUB, 105.5, and River Country 97.3. The annual Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive returns to Fremont July 16, 18 and 19.    All who come out to donate will receive a...