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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)




March 2, 2016
March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross honors those who donate blood and platelets, organize blood drives and volunteer in communities across the country. These everyday heroes are the face of the Red Cross and help save lives.
March 1, 2016
PAPILLION, Neb. – A Papillion family is teaming up with the American Red Cross for a second year to honor the memory of their son while helping others still in need. The Henry Seretta Memorial Blood Drive is Saturday, April 16; just two days after Henry would have turned 2.  
March 1, 2016
LINCOLN, Neb. — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will host its annual spring blood drive with the American Red Cross and the Nebraska Community Blood Bank April 4-7. The event gives students, faculty and community members a chance to help make a difference for patients across the state....
February 18, 2016
HASTINGS, Neb. – NBC Nebraska and the American Red Cross are teaming up to help save lives during Red Cross Month by hosting a blood drive Friday, March 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney.  
February 4, 2016
PAPILLION, Neb. – The third annual Hope shoe and blood drive, created to honor the memory of 29-year-old Meighan Johansen, is expected to draw as many as100 blood donors and bring in thousands of pairs of shoes. The event is Saturday, Feb. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Papillion Junior...
February 2, 2016
LINCOLN, Neb.  – A Lincoln man who depended on blood donations during his battle with cancer will be remembered during the third annual Savior Neighbor Blood Drive held Saturday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Racquet Club, 5300 Old Cheney Road.  
January 11, 2016
MOORHEAD, Iowa  — A local teenager who left a legacy as a regular blood donor will be remembered in a special way on Jan. 30 in Moorhead. Friends of McKenzie Cummins have teamed up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in memory of the 2015 West Monona High School graduate....
January 11, 2016
RED OAK, Iowa — Beautiful, bubbly, energetic – just a few of the words loved ones use to describe 26-year-old Red Oak mother and businesswoman, Tina Bishop, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. In honor of her strength and determination, Bishop’s family is joining the American...
January 11, 2016
OMAHA, Neb. — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a shortage this winter. Busy holiday schedules in November and December contributed to about 1,700 fewer blood drives held across the country compared to the two previous months, which has...