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)





July 5, 2017
The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.   Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer...
June 26, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Friends of Marta Smith will a host a blood drive in her memory on Sunday, July 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Highlands Community of Christ Church. Marta had numerous blood transfusions before she passed away from Osteosarcoma on Feb. 11, 2007. 
June 22, 2017
EDINA, Mo.— For the sixth consecutive year the American Red Cross and the Edina Christian Church are teaming up with family and friends of Randy Gossman to host a blood drive in his memory on July 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Knox Community Center.
June 12, 2017
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take to help save lives.    Schedule – Use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-...
May 30, 2017
The American Red Cross urges those who have never given blood before –  as well as those who haven’t given recently – to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now and help sustain a sufficient community blood supply this summer.  
May 18, 2017
David Hall died in 2013 following leukemia battle KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — For four years, David Hall battled cancer. Now, for the fifth straight year, Hall’s family and friends, the City of Kirksville, Kirksville Masonic Lodge No.105, Adair Masonic Lodge No. 366 and the American Red Cross...
May 16, 2017
Fredbird and Team Fredbird to appear at locations on June 14-15 ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The St. Louis Cardinals, Fox Sports Midwest and the American Red Cross encourage fans to ‘knock it outta the park’ by donating blood to help save lives June 13-15 at various St. Louis area...
May 9, 2017
Celebrate Trauma Awareness Month and help to save lives Hermann, Mo. — The American Red Cross is teaming up with the Hermann Area Ambulance District by hosting a blood drive on Monday, May 22 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 510 W. 16th Str. in Hermann.
April 27, 2017
Owensville community encouraged to give blood   OWENSVILLE, Mo. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in honor of Karen Waters on Thursday, May 18 from noon to 6 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 404 S. 1st Street, Owensville.
April 20, 2017
Red Cross urges blood and platelet donation during Trauma Awareness Month During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients with traumatic injuries and other serious medical needs by donating blood or...