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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:

Joe Zydlo, External Communications Manager
Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region
(314) 658-2036 (o)│(314) 422-8613 (c)





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....
November 22, 2016
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the perfect gift this holiday season – a lifesaving blood or platelet donation. By rolling up a sleeve, donors can help ensure patients continue to receive treatment throughout the holiday season.   Busy holiday schedules and travel...
November 1, 2016
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The American Red Cross will once again partner up with the family and friends of Logan Allen for a blood drive in his memory on Monday, Nov. 14 at the Knox County Community Center. Allen was just 15 years old when he died in 2013 as a result of an accidental gunshot wound....
October 20, 2016
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — This holiday season, give the perfect gift to help patients in need by donating blood with 99.1 JOY-FM and BOOST 101.9 and the American Red Cross at four locations in Missouri and Illinois on Nov. 25. Everyone who attempts to donate blood will receive a blood drive T-shirt,...
October 14, 2016
The American Red Cross has an emergency need for eligible donors in the area to make an appointment now to give platelets to ensure critical patient needs are met. Platelets, the clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment, must be transfused within five days of...
October 4, 2016
FARMINGTON, Mo. — The American Red Cross and KTJJ/KREI/KJFF Regional Radio invite members of the Farmington and Festus communities to help save lives by donating blood at the annual blood drive on Oct. 17. Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a specially designed T-shirt, while...
October 3, 2016
CARBONDALE, IL. — The American Red Cross and SIU-Carbondale will host the seventh annual SIU Homecoming Blood Drive from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The Red Cross and blood drive organizers hope to collect 250 pints of blood. There will be three locations on campus for students,...
September 22, 2016
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — The American Red Cross along with the family and friends of Stefani Lorton invite the Kirksville community to the 12th annual blood drive in her honor on Friday, Oct. 7. Once again the drive will be held at Highland Crest Assisted Living at 2204 S. Halliburton from 1 to 6 p....
September 13, 2016
31st Annual Homecoming Blood Drive scheduled Oct. 10-13 COLUMBIA, Mo. (Sept. 13, 2016) — The University of Missouri and the American Red Cross will soon team up for the 31st annual Homecoming Blood Drive, helping to save lives through blood donations.
September 12, 2016
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The American Red Cross is seeking volunteer transportation specialists in the St. Louis and southwestern Illinois areas to deliver lifesaving blood products to hospitals. Transportation assignments include delivering blood products to area hospitals for patient use as well as...