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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)




September 19, 2016
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood and platelets this fall to help restock the shelves following a significant summer shortage to ensure an adequate blood supply for patients in need.    Through the first two weeks of September, the Red Cross is down more than 10,...
September 1, 2016
For the seventh year, North Platte-area firefighters and law enforcement will team up with the American Red Cross and Huskeradio to help save lives during the Battle of the Badges blood drive. The friendly competition is Thursday, Sept. 8.   
August 31, 2016
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Some wear uniforms, while others do not. The American Red Cross invites Omaha to honor both the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and heroes in the community by helping save a life at the upcoming Honor Our Heroes blood drive Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Alley V,...
August 30, 2016
The American Red Cross supports 9/11 Day by offering the community an  opportunity to honor those who lost their lives and the heroes who responded following the tragic events of Sept.11. Two ways to participate in 9/11 Day are to volunteer or donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross and...
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.