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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)




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...
December 23, 2015
OMAHA, Neb. — As millions of Americans make their final gift purchases this holiday season, the American Red Cross reminds eligible donors to give the most meaningful gift of all – the gift of life – by donating blood or platelets.  
December 16, 2015
ESSEX, Iowa — The American Red Cross and the Essex community are teaming up to honor Essex High School graduate, new mother and recent blood recipient, Stephanie McBride, with a blood drive in her name Friday, Jan. 8, 2016.   As McBride prepared to welcome her daughter into the world in...
December 16, 2015
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – The American Red Cross, the North Platte Jaycees and Huskeradio are asking North Platte residents to give with meaning and help save lives by giving blood this holiday season. The fourth annual Mistletoe Magic Blood Drive returns to North Platte on Thursday, Dec. 24....
November 27, 2015
BEATRICE, Neb. (Dec. 2, 2015) – The American Red Cross is asking area residents to be part of something meaningful this holiday season by giving blood before the new year. Blood drives in honor of Wymore 11-year-old Jentry Schell are coming up in Wymore, Humboldt, Pawnee City and Beatrice....